Defensive end Nick Alftin takes unofficial visit to Arkansas Razorbacks

Nick Alftin is committed to Cal. But he is coached by a former Razorback player and coach. He visited the Hogs on Monday.

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty 3-star defensive end Nick Alftin committed to the University of California on March 29, but on Monday he visited Arkansas.

Following the visit, Alfton talked about the things he liked about the trip to Arkansas and a highlight or two including Bret Bielema.

"Highlight of the tour was to meet with head coach Bielema it was an honor," Alftin said. "We talked about his plans for recruiting and said that he really liked my size and ability. That was flattering.

"Also it was totally awesome to meet Coach (Ben) Herbert. He is incredible. After only 20 minutes with him he taught me a bunch of things about my squats and hips. He really knows his stuff...he's a genius. Another great thing was just being able to spend the day with Tanner Burns and my head coach Keith Burns. They are both super passionate about Arkansas so you can't help but to also feel the same way."

Since his pledge to Cal, he has been offered by Colorado and Boise State. He has also since visited Boise State. Alftin also addressed why he would commit to Cal and then take some other visits so soon.

"The SEC is obviously a outstanding league and I already had planned to come out to a few schools before commitment," Alftin said.

Keith Burns lettered at Arkansas from 1980-82. His son, Tanner, is in his third season as a quality control coach with Arkansas' special teams. Keith also was a defensive coordinator at Arkansas under Houston Nutt. He is now the head coach at Archbishop Mitty.

"My coach said that he loved his time at Arkansas as a player and coach," Alftin said. "He said he'd always be a Razorback and proud to be part of it's football history.

"Tanner feels the same way about the program and I can see there is something special there. Tanner Burns did an awesome job showing me around campus and really made me feel like a Razorback for the day."

Alftin also talked about what he feels are his strengths on the field to cause so many schools to offer and show interest in him.

"I believe I am a great leader being named the only junior captain," Alftin said. "I have a great motor and passion on and off the field. I can play anywhere on the field from tight end, defensive end, nose, tackle, outside linebacker, inside linebacker, special teams, running back and offensive tackle.

"I have only played ball for 2 1/2 years. Never truly trained for defensive end until this year. I have locked down my finesse, power moves, and counter moves down going into next season."

Whether it is California, Arkansas or some other college, Alftin talked about what he's looking for in a college.

"I'm looking for a school where I can picture myself spending hours with my teammates in the weight room and on the field, but also in their academic hall studying," Alftin said.

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