Arkansas has reached into Alabama to offer a 2017 signall caller.
Attalla, Ala., Etowah junior quarterback Daulton Hyatt (6-4, 182, 4.63) visited the Arkansas campus on Saturday and left with his 16th scholarship offer.
“I had a great time on the visit and I have to say it far exceeded my expectations,” Hyatt said. “It really opened my eyes, I didn’t really to expect it to be as great as it was and it was just a real treat.
“They have fantastic facilities, great coaches – including the strength coaches – and it is clear that they really care about you more than just as a football player.
“I have to say after this visit that they are really at the top of my list and are going to stay there. It was just first class all the way.”
Hyatt passed for 2,250 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore at Arab High during a 7-4 campaign and had 1,100 yards during a tough 1-9 season after his team lost 23 seniors.
He is now at Etowah and excited about his senior season.
“My family made the move because it is about an hour closer to my dad’s job,” Hyatt said. “It’s just so much easier for him. It is tough to leave my friends at Arab, but it was just the best thing for us.
“I do think we have a chance at Etowah to have a really good season and maybe even compete for a state title.”
Louisville, Miami, Illinois, Purdue, Missouri, Vanderbilt are among those that have joined Arkansas in offering early. He has been to see those schools and others.
“It’s been kind of heating up here early and I really enjoying getting to see schools and meet coaches and just the whole process,” Hyatt said.
Neither Alabama or Auburn have offered to this point, but both have shown interest and he has taken in both places.
“I grew up an Alabama fan, but that really won’t play a part in my decision,” Hyatt said. “I have to take everything into consideration and just get the best situation for myself."
Hyatt got a chance to visit with Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
“Coach Enos really knows the game and knows how to relate it to you,” Hyatt said. “I loved spending time with him. We went over some route concepts and you can tell he is just a great teacher of the game.”
Hyatt said he is not really in a hurry to make a decision.
“I don’t really know when I might make a decision," he said, "but I can tell you that it is going to be tough for other schools to top what I saw at Arkansas.”