UH Football has identified several new targets as transfers into the program with a few getting close to pulling the trigger. Two happen to be from the same program.
Former Arkansas running back Chase Hayden is expected to be a grad transfer into the program this summer. Hayden redshirted last season and has exactly 500 rushing yards in his career. He graduates this month in just 3 years and will have two more left to play.
Hayden was a three-star prospect out of St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tennessee. He had 14 P5 offers out of high school including from Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee.
The morning after this story was published, Hayden retweeted this from Pete Thamel.
Sources: Former Arkansas RB Chase Hayden is transferring to East Carolina. He'll be eligible immediately in 2020 and have two seasons remaining. He's the former Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. Huge get for coach Mike Houston and ECU. @RivalsPortal.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) May 12, 2020
The other likely transfer is 6’4″ wide receiver T.Q. Jackson. He is from Jefferson in northeastern Texas and enrolled in Fayetteville last May. Jackson took a redshirt last year after appearing in 3 games for the Razorbacks.
He announced his decision to leave the troubled program in mid-January following a clunky coaching change orchestrated by current Arky (and former UH) AD Hunter Yurachek.
Jackson was a 4-star recruit and ranked the #43 player in the state by Rivals in the class of 2019. He received at least 11 P5 offers including from Baylor, Texas Tech, and TCU. Both UH and SMU offered him out of high school.
As his recruitment has heated up in the last few weeks, Jackson has shown substantial interest in both AAC programs in Texas. The big wideout would be a huge win for the Cougars as SMU is currently #24 in 247sports.com’s rankings for the class of 2021 (26th in Rivals). UH is in the 70s in both – neither includes transfer portal players like Jackson.