SULPHUR, La. (KPLC) - Former Sulphur Golden Tor tight end Hayden Hagler announced his decision to attend Marshall University Wednesday night at a signing ceremony. Hagler chose the Thundering Herd over Akron, ULM, Memphis and UMass. Hagler credits his relationship with Marshall tight ends coach Kyle Segler as a big reason he chose the Herd.
“It just ultimately felt right,” said Hagler. “The offense and personnel they have and its an offense I’m used to, it just felt like the right choice.”
Hagler’s journey to West Virginia was an unexpected one as the rising sophomore signed with Southeastern Louisiana out of high school a year ago. He was the top-ranked tight end in Louisiana and was a three-star prospect.
Not long after his choice, Hagler decided to bet on himself and go the junior college route and he wound up at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. In his only season with the Buccaneers, the 6′4″, 235-pound tight end earned multiple FBS offers.
“I loved Southeastern and all, but I felt like I needed to better myself and I felt like I had more in me,” admitted Hagler. "I felt like I could go to a bigger school. "
Hagler said while he is nervous about the 1,000-mile move, he’s excited about the next chapter of his football career.
“I’m ready. I’m ready for something new."