Dalton Excited for Next Chapter

Cypress Falls (Houston) High two-star safety Nate Dalton will take an official visit to Arkansas on Jan. 16.

With the year coming to an end, Nate Dalton is excited for the next chapter in his life.

The two-star safety out of Cypress Falls High School in Houston says his favorite memory of 2014 is getting his first offer – from UNLV – but he has added several more since.

Dalton now has offers from 15 schools, including Arkansas, Boise State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Utah and Washington State. While he hasn’t decided where he’ll play in college, his New Year’s resolution is very clear.

“Be the best I can be wherever I go,” Dalton said. “Do what I do best.”

Although he goes to high school in Houston, Dalton has been with family in Louisiana this break and was not able to watch any of Arkansas’ practices leading up to the Texas Bowl.

That did not stop him from watching on TV.

“Amazing,” Dalton said of the Razorbacks’ dominant 31-7 win over Texas. “It was great. They were pretty impressive aggressive. They run what the coaches send in to perfection.”

During the game, Arkansas’ defense allowed just 59 yards of offense – two rushing and 57 passing – to the Longhorns.

It was a fitting ending to one of the biggest turnarounds in Arkansas history. The Razorbacks went from 77th to 24th in the country in total defense.

After giving up 234.8 passing yards per game in 2013, the Razorbacks allowed only 221.4 this season. They went from 73rd in the country to 57th.

Robb Smith’s hiring as defensive coordinator is a major factor in the turnaround, but the hiring of Clay Jennings as the defensive backs coach has also helped.

“(Jennings) is a really great guy,” Dalton said. “He is everything they say he is. I can tell he builds great relationships with players and helps them get to the next level.”

Dalton, who has already visited Kentucky and Oklahoma, will be in Fayetteville for an official visit on Jan. 16.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the locker room and seeing how people are in Fayetteville,” Dalton said. “I want to see if it’s the right fit for me for the next four years.”

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