Hackett commits to Arkansas

South Paulding (Douglasville, Ga.) safety Khalia Hackett committed to Arkansas as a linebacker on Monday.

Khalia Hackett became the 14th commitment of the 2014 Arkansas recruiting class Monday.

The South Paulding (Douglasville, Ga.) high school safety committed to playing linebacker for Arkansas Monday night.

"It feels great to be committed to the Razorbacks, Hackett said. "I'm getting lots of love and I'm loving it. It just feels great."

Last month, Hackett, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, told scout.com he feels most comfortable at linebacker.

"I like how the linebacker can play in the trenches sometimes and blitz. That's fun," Hackett said. "I also like the safety position because they are the captain of the secondary and they get to make calls. I'm willing to play any position on defense because I want to get out on the field and help my team."

He said Arkansas linebackers coach Randy Shannon played a key role in his recruitment. Shannon spent 17 total seasons at Miami, including time as an assistant coach, defensive coordinator and head coach.

"Coach Shannon is great," Hackett said. "He is a realist and I like that about him. He's kind of like an uncle and he's always pushing people to do things like stay in school. And he's coached some of the best athletes. He coached Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and I really like that. He's a great coach and I'm looking forward to working with him."

Another Arkansas assistant that has recruited Hackett is Taver Johnson. Johnson was the linebackers coach last season, but is assisting Chris Ash with the secondary now.

"Coach Johnson is great," Hackett said. "We're always talking on the phone and I can talk to him about anything. My parents really love him."

One other reason for Hackett to decide on Arkansas was the conference the Razorbacks play in. He said he is looking forward to being part of the league that is home to the last seven national champions.

"I really want to play SEC football," he said. "I wanted to play in the SEC because it's the hardest conference and you play the highest level of competition there."

Hackett chose the Razorbacks over offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Syracuse, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin and others.

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