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Hawks' Hayman balances football, hoops responsibilities

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
 Mill Creek’s Brandon Hayman has had a busy summer as a college prospect in both football and basketball. The senior already has scholarship offers from several schools in basketball and is drawing interest in football. 

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips Mill Creek’s Brandon Hayman has had a busy summer as a college prospect in both football and basketball. The senior already has scholarship offers from several schools in basketball and is drawing interest in football. 

After the school year ended, Brandon Hayman sat down with Mill Creek head football coach Shannon Jarvis and the two discussed the summer schedule.

Hayman, a standout receiver for the Hawks, wanted to make sure he was able to attend every offseason practice as possible. But as a highly touted basketball player, which included touring the country in tournaments, he knew that would be difficult without some planning.

“He’s managed to play football and basketball about as well as you could. When he’s with us, he gives everything he has,” Jarvis said. “The crazy thing is he really doesn’t miss much. He might miss a team camp or something, but he’s always around.”

In a day and age when most high school athletes focus on just one sport, Hayman’s careful planning has allowed him to split his time between football and basketball this summer. He used most of June focusing on football, going through team workout sessions and passing leagues. July is a big month for AAU basketball when many college coaches scout players, so he’ll go until the final day of the month before hitting football two-a-days in August.

“It’s been tough. I always have to stay on top of things and in touch with people,” Hayman said.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hayman set numerous receiving records last year for the Hawks as they went 5-5.

“He rewrites the record book every time he catches a pass,” Jarvis said.

Hayman owns every major receiving record, including catches in a game (10), season (55) and career (73). He also has the most receiving yards in a season (724) and career (1,014) in the school’s brief six-year history.

He was fifth in the county in receiving last year with 55 receptions for 724 yards and 5 TDs. Those numbers helped him earn first-team all-region 7-AAAAA honors and second-team all-county by the Daily Post.

“I’m ready to set more than just school records,” Hayman said. “I want to set Gwinnett County, state records, if possible. I have a great relationship with my quarterback John Russ. We want to get to the playoffs. It’s my senior year, we have to.”

Hayman was Mill Creek’s second leading scorer in basketball last season with 12 points per game. He led the team in assists with 4.1 ppg and had 5.2 rebounds.

Hayman, who plays for the Southern Kings AAU basketball team, has several basketball scholarship offers from Furman, Samford, Jacksonville and some Ivy League schools. He still doesn’t have a football offer, but has drawn interest from SEC schools, which are waiting to see how he plays this fall and if decides to play football or basketball.

“The first thing I get from recruiters is does he want to play football,” Jarvis said. “He’s going to have multiple options. He’s very bright academically, so he can do just about what he wants.”

Hayman maintains a 3.7 GPA and scored 1230 on the SAT and 25 on the ACT.

“I don’t know if I’m gonna play basketball and football in college,” Hayman said. “Right now it’s up in the air. After the football season I’ll know for sure.”

Until the football season starts he’ll continue traveling the country the rest of the month. Hayman and his family made a 10-hour drive to Chicago for a basketball tournament in early July. They came home at 2 a.m. Monday and that night he was getting ready for another hoops tournament. It sounds crazy to go through so much trouble to play football and basketball, but Hayman wants to make sure he has the best opportunity to get to the next level.

“My mom always said keep as many options open,” Hayman said. “I know it kind of hurts because I’m not concentrating on one sport, but I want to have as many options as possible.”