Haughton Impressed by Arkansas' Defense

Midway (Waco, Texas) High safety Kahlil Haughton took an official visit to Fayetteville Saturday and went home impressed by Arkansas' 14-13 loss to No. 7 Alabama.

Midway (Waco, Texas) High’s Kahlil Haughton was one of two official visitors in Fayetteville for Arkansas’ 14-13 loss to No. 7 Alabama.

The four-star safety said he was impressed with the way the Razorbacks played, especially their secondary, which limited Amari Cooper to only two receptions for 22 yards.

“That’s really impressive,” Haughton said. “To shutdown one of the nation’s best receivers, that’s a great job of being able to contain a playmaker.”

Cooper came into the game with 52 receptions for 746 yards, both of which ranked second in the country.

The visit also gave Haughton an opportunity to really get to know the Arkansas coaches and other people around the program.

He was hosted by redshirt freshman De’Andre Coley, who told him that what he saw on his visit would be what he could expect if he came to Arkansas.

“It was a great visit,” Haughton said. “I really enjoyed it. (Arkansas) is like a prettier Texas. I like the people and coaches there. The game was a lot of fun.”

The trip to Fayetteville was his third of five official visits. Haughton has already taken trips to Oklahoma and Nebraska and he will also take official visits to Texas Tech and Baylor.

Last month, he picked up an offer from Notre Dame, the 23rd school to seek is services.

“It’s definitely a blessing,” Haughton said. “They have great football and academics. It’s a great program overall.”

With the Razorbacks coming off of a 3-9 season, their 3-3 start, which includes close losses to Alabama and Texas A&M, has impressed Haughton and he said it helps their chances of landing his commitment.

“Just seeing the improvement (is encouraging),” Haughton said. “To see the scores and how they’re competing…that shows that the coaches have put a lot of work in. It’s good to see a program like that.”

Arkansas’ membership in the Southeastern Conference is also helpful, Haughton said.

“If you look at players drafted, the SEC by far has the most of any conference,” Haughton said. “For someone with NFL aspirations, that’s intriguing. It also has the most competition, which makes you better.”

The day before coming to Fayetteville, Haughton helped lead Midway to a 44-6 win over Shoemaker (Killeen, Texas) High, which improved the Panthers’ record to 6-0.

In the game, he collected 13 tackles, two pass break ups, two forced fumbles and one interception, but he said his most important contribution to Midway’s defense can’t be quantified by statistics.

“I’m a leader,” Haughton said. “That’s what I try to do. I encourage everyone and keep a positive attitude, even when things go wrong. I lead by example.”

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