Fighting Illini football has made the cut for a three-star running back. On Thursday night, Chase Hayden (Collierville, TN) narrowed his list to Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, and South Carolina. In addition to his top five, Hayden also holds other scholarship offers from Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi State, Arizona, Louisville, and several other power conference schools.
Top 5 (In No Order)— Chase Hayden (@Chase_Hayden2) May 6, 2016
3.Oklahoma State ⚫️ ⚫️
5.Tennessee ⚪️ ⚪️
Wow -- when's the last time Illinois got included in a list like this?
Hayden is rated as the No. 461 overall prospect (No. 32 running back) in 247Sports' class-of-2017 composite rankings. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound playmaker has so far taken unofficial visits to Tennessee (x2) and South Carolina. Hayden has also checked out Louisville and Michigan, but both of those schools failed to make the cut.
2017 Illinois Football Recruiting Class
According to 247Sports, Illinois' three-man class currently ranks No. 11 in the Big Ten and No. 59 in the nation. Here's a quick look at the prospects who have given verbal commitments.