Arkansas has landed itself a tall corner for Texas for the 2015 recruiting class.
Houston Cypress Falls cornerback Nate Dalton (6-3, 195) chose the Razorbacks over Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan and Liberty among others.
"In the end, it basically was that Arkansas felt more like home than any other place and I wanted the just to play for the best and against the best and being a Razorback gives me that opportunity," Dalton said. "Every since my visit I have been waking up in the morning just thinking about Arkansas so I know I am doing the right thing."
I will be taken my next 4 years to ARKANSAS #WPS ??— Nathaniel Dalton (@TheN8Dalton) January 22, 2015
Dalton took official visits to Arkansas (last weekend), Kentucky, Oklahoma and Liberty and canceled a scheduled visit to Michigan scheduled for this weekend.
"All the schools came in here this weekend, including Coach Jim Harbaugh, the new head coach at Michigan," Dalton said. "I listen to what all they had to say, but it was just that Arkansas was the best fit and opportunity for me and I feel a sense of family there that really impressed me. It's something that I want to be a part of and I am very happy about my decision."
He decided to cancel the Michigan visit after Arkansas secondary coach Clay Jennings visited his school on Wednesday.
“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.”
He had 30 tackles, 4 interceptions and 12 pass break ups this season.
"I feel like Arkansas coaches and players are doing a great job in moving the program forward and I want to be a part of continuing to help in that," Dalton said. "I want to be a cornerback that comes in and does his part in shutting down the big receivers that they have in the SEC, to make sure I don't allow big plays, to make sure I come up and make sure tackles."
Liberty was a school that seemed an odd fit among Dalton's finalists, but he said that there was a good reason.
"A lot of people don't realize what (Liberty head coach) Turner Gill is doing there and I was just very impressed with him and what he is doing in building the program," Dalton said. "Plus it is a very good school that would have been a very good fit for me as a person. But I just think for the overall experience, Arkansas is the best spot for me."
Arkansas is hosting four recruits this weekend in Razorback defensive end pledge Jamario Bell (6-6, 230) of Junction City, Miami, Fla., Booker T. Washington linebacker James King (6-1, 205), Fort Myers, Fla., Island Coast Ryan Pulley (6-1, 190) and defensive end Jabril Zuniga (6-3, 260) of Marietta, Ga., Sprayberry.
Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County and Vanderbilt defensive end commit T.J. Smith (6-4, 255) arrived in Fayetteville on Wednesday for his official visit and will leave on Friday.