Daulton Hyatt has been committed to Arkansas for less than two weeks, but he’s already feeling the love from fans.
The Attalla (Ala.) Etowah three-star quarterback chose the Razorbacks over offers from several schools, including Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, on March 12.
“Hog nation is really incredible,” Hyatt said. “I’ve gained so many followers since I (committed) and it’s all Arkansas fans. People are tweeting me and stuff like that.
“It feels great knowing I have support from fans and everybody else.”
The decision to commit to Arkansas a week after visiting Fayetteville, a trip that would prove to be a huge factor in the process.
“That’s what really sealed the deal for me,” Hyatt said. “It only took one visit for me to realize that’s where I wanted to go and where I wanted to play. It was great getting to see the campus and facilities.”
The tour of Arkansas’ Fred W. Smith Center blew him away.
“The facilities were really top-notch,” Hyatt said. “I wasn’t really expecting it, but they’re up there and among the top in the country, in my opinion. I was amazed.”
He also had an opportunity to talk to Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos. The pair discussed the Razorbacks’ offense and how it would help Hyatt develop as a player.
“I think I’ll fit really well in their offense as far as it being a pro style,” Hyatt said. “Being under center and being a pro-style offense will also get me prepared to hopefully go on to the next level after college.”
Over the last two seasons, Hyatt threw for 3,350 yards while playing mostly in the shotgun at Arab High School in Alabama. He has since transferred to Etowah High, where he will go under center more and have a mixture of some shotgun.
The offensive scheme change will help him grow as a player, but he’s also focused on trying to add weight to his 6-foot-4, 183-pound frame and keep it in shape.
“I need to gain some weight,” Hyatt said. “That’s really my main focus, and to keep my arm in shape for the season and make sure I throw a lot during the offseason and keep working out.”
Keeping with those goals, Hyatt traveled to Atlanta for Nike’s The Opening regional Sunday.
The event gave him an opportunity to throw passes to several top prospects, including four-star wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman, who has several SEC offers.
“I threw the ball really well, in my opinion, but it was really cold and windy, so it was rough being out there,” Hyatt said. “It was great to get out and see all he other great athletes around my area and be able to compete and throw to some of those big-time receivers.”
Hyatt said he has lived in Alabama his entire life, so he has always been in the middle of the Iron Bowl rivalry between Alabama and Auburn.
He always favored the Crimson Tide growing up, but now he’s all about the Razorbacks.
“The recruiting process really opened up my eyes and it didn’t take long,” Hyatt said. “I grew up an Alabama fan when I was a little kid, but now it was looking for the right school that I was going to fit in the best and I felt comfortable at.”