Coming into the weekend, Houston, Texas, Cypress Falls safety Nate Dalton thought he might have a decision on his college future ready to announce by Monday.
But after an official visit to Arkansas - and a call from Michigan that occurred during that visit - he’ll hold off one more week.
“I really enjoyed my visit here,” Dalton said. “Now I’m waiting for next week to go visit Michigan and then hopefully I’ll make my decision after that.”
Dalton (6-3, 195), who is also considering Oklahoma, made it clear that the weekend visit to Arkansas improved the Razorbacks and secondary coach Clay Jennings’ chances to land him.
“It really helped,” Dalton said. “All I knew was Coach Jennings being an honest, good man, telling me the things I could bring to the program that I actually saw within the DBs. The relationships he has with the players, that’s something I really liked up there."
He also really was impressed with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, whose Hogs finished 7-6 with a 31-7 Texas Bowl win over Texas in Houston.
“He’s a great guy,” Dalton said. “I can see that he’s passionate to win and he loves his job not just because of what he’s getting paid for, but he wants others to be successful, like the other coaches. He’s not a selfish guy, that’s what I like.”
Dalton was hosted by Razorback freshman cornerback Henre’ Toliver, who is a Louisiana native as is Dalton.
“Henre’ Toliver, he hosted me on my whole visit,” Dalton said. “It was kind of weird because me and him are like mirror images of each other. We’re both from Louisiana, we both have the same goals, we both have the same situations coming into college except he played corner all his life and I played quarterback, so he didn’t have to make a transition.
“He told me how honest Coach Jennings is and the things Coach Bielema is trying to bring in the program the next few years,” Dalton added.
Dalton, Dalton had 30 tackles this season, 4 interceptions and 9 pass break ups this season, touched on his highlights of the visit.
“Day One, the fans at the Catfish Hole, I could tell that the fans are really real,” Dalton said. “Not only for football but just as alumni of the college. I could tell that they support the players through their hard times and through their best times.
“The academic side, which was very important, helping get to the next level in three years is something I really value,” Dalton added.
Dalton admits he wants to be very clear about his future.
“ I just have to live with my decision wherever I go,” Dalton said. “Wherever I go, I’m not going to regret it."
Photos courtesy of Nate Dalton
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