Before this season started, Clint Legg knew Hayden Durrett was poised for a breakout year. The first-year Ardmore coach had watched Durrett play for three years, but saw the potential for more from the tight end.
Four months later, Durrett finished with a county-best 12 reception touchdowns and 4A All-State selection.
On Tuesday, the senior’s hard work paid off when he signed a letter of intent to play for Campbellsville University. Durrett will play tight end for the NAIA school in Campbellsville, Ky.
An emotional Durrett thanked his parents, coaches and teammates at a ceremony at the school Tuesday afternoon.
“We played him at offensive guard as a freshman,” remembered Legg. “After a couple of weeks in the offseason, we figured out he could catch better than anyone on the team. He was our go-to target at tight end. It’s going to be hard to replace him.”
A First-Team All-County selection, Durrett led Ardmore with 28 receptions for 528 yards and 12 touchdowns. He became Ardmore’s first All-State selection when he was recognized as one the top tight ends in the state with an honorable mention selection as a receiver in Class 4A.