Waco, Texas, Midway safety Kahlil Haughton didn't know what to expect on his first visit to Arkansas last week, but came away extremely impressed.
Haughton (6-2, 175, 4.44) and his mom Tanya Antonucci visited Fayetteville to get a feel for the Razorback program and what the Hogs are all about.
"It was definitely a great visit and I learned a lot about the school, the coaches and the community," Haughton said. "You can tell they are on the verge of doing something big. I left very impressed and it for sure really elevated Arkansas in my eyes.
"The campus was beautiful, the people were friendly and obviously the facilities were amazing," Haughton added. "I also really enjoyed sitting down with the coaches and learning how they use their safeties – some times in the box, some times high, some times quarters and I think there is an opportunity to for me to come in and play right away."
Haughton, who has 23 offers, had 87 tackles, 2 interceptions, 13 pass break ups and a forced fumble last season.
He has been recruited by current Razorback safety coach Clay Jennings the last couple of years when the coach was at TCU and also has spent time talking to Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith about his possible future role.
"The Arkansas coaches answered all the questions I had about on the field and Coach Jennings and Coach Smith have a real good plan," Haughton said. "They also did a great job letting us know about the academic part of the school, which really impressed my mom. It is all a very impressive package."
Arkansas is coming off two losing seasons, including going 3-9 last season under first-year Razorback head coach Bret Bielema, who had previous great success at Wisconsin.
"Coach Bielema is a great guy," Haughton said. "He has done great things at other programs and plans to do that at Arkansas and has a plan to do that and compete for and win SEC championships."
Gregory Haughton, Kahlil's dad, ran the 400 in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics for Jamaica.
"That's quite an accomplishment and something obviously I am proud of and look up to him for," the younger Haughton said.
His speed is one of the reasons that Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech and Duke are among the teams that have offered.
"I think my speed, the way I can move my hips and the way I break on the ball are some of my strengths," Haughton said. "I want to keep getting bigger and stronger because I know I will need that on the next level."
Haughton, who broke his hand on April 28 as his team's spring drills got underway, has taken unofficial visits to Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas Tech recently.
He narrowed his list to 10 – those four aforementioned schools along with LSU, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, Louisville and Penn State.
But that's where the list still stands at currently.
"I still consider myself open to any possibility and any school," Haughton said. "I haven't really narrowed it down to a short list of teams yet. But I am going to start thinking about it. I would like to have a place picked out by late July, but it's just going to be when I feel it's the right place for sure that I go ahead and commit."
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