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Prep football: Watertown's Ryan Hayden commits to the U.S. Air Force Academy for football

Prep football: Watertown's Ryan Hayden commits to the U.S. Air Force Academy for football

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Watertown senior wide receiver Ryan Hayden announced via Twitter on Friday night that he has orally committed to play football at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The 6-3, 180-pound Hayden caught 95 passes for 1,620 yards and 18 touchdowns last season in Watertown’s spread, no-huddle offense.

Hayden told the Wisconsin State Journal in a recent interview that he had offers from the Air Force and several NCAA Division II schools (Minnesota State--Mankato, St. Cloud State and Bemidji State) and had interest from the University of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa and several MAC schools.

“He has phenomenal hands, he’s a good route runner and he competes well for the ball,” said Watertown coach Benji Kamrath, a former University of Minnesota quarterback who’s in his ninth year as Watertown’s coach. “He exploded onto the scene last year.”

Watertown is a new member of the Badger Conference this school year and will play in the Badger South Conference.

Hayden tweeted: “Thank you to my family for all the love and endless support you had given me over the years, and to all the coaches who have influenced my life in some way. My decision will not only benefit the next 5 years of my life, but the rest of my life. Coach Calhoun and coach Miller made me feel like it was home. It’s always been a dream of mine to play (NCAA) Division I football and the Air Force Academy was the perfect fit. I am committed to the United States Air Force Academy!!!"

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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