Salters makes 13

Newest University of Arkansas football commit Carlton Salters (6-1, 185, 4.5) talks with Hawgs Illustrated's Dudley E. Dawson about his pledge to Arkansas and how fellow future Razorback Mitch Mustain and UA assistant Chris Vaughn were the main factors in that decision.

It turns out that Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain wasn't the only big-name recruit that the University of Arkansas landed on Monday night.

Soon after Mustain committed to the Razorbacks - and in large part because of - Tallahassee (Fla.) North Christian wideout Carlton Salters (6-1, 180, 4.5) gave a verbal pledge to the Razorbacks as well.

"Mitch and I have become very good friends over the phone and we have been calling each other the last three of four weeks," Salters said. "I told him you pull the trigger and I will be right behind you. I've been working on him since he decommitted and I think we can be great for each other at Arkansas."

Salters, who visited Arkansas on Dec. 2-4, chose the Razorbacks over Miami (Fla.), Maryland and Wake Forest.

Miami had wanted him to take a visit this weekend or the next, but he will not do so.

"They were moving kind of slow with me, telling me they wanted me, but not showing me nearly the love that Arkansas did and that the Razorbacks fans did on my visit," Salters said. "So I am going to go somewhere I know I an fully wanted instead of waiting around. You move too slow you lose out. Arkansas is the place for me anyway."

Salters, who had 16 touchdown catches this season on 26 catches for 600 yards in a run-oriented offense, said another factor was UA assistant coach Chris Vaughn, who has been recruiting him.

"It's this simple - if he is not there, no matter what Mitch had done, I wouldn't be coming," Salters said. "But to have Mitch there and to have Coach Vaughn there for me, it's all good."

Salters knows there will be a big transition from high school to college, but believes he can make an impact early.

"All the college coaches tell me they love my speed and that I run great routes," Salters said. "I believe I am going to be successful in college because of that and because I will work hard to get better every day. I need to get a little stronger, but I have seen that weight room of theirs and I know it will happen."

Arkansas' facilities and the opportunity to play in the SEC were also factors that played in Salters' decision.

"There are no better facilities than they have at Arkansas," Salters said. "I was amazed. Also to play in the SEC is a big plus. My family will get to see me in person and on TV. Maryland will be on TV some too, but not nearly as much as Arkansas is going to be because of the direction we are headed."

Salters will now join the contingent trying to get Springdale wideout Damian Williams to flip from Florida to Arkansas.

"There are some great things going to happen at Arkansas in the near future and there are several guys we are going to get to make that happened," Salters said. "It's all coming together really well."






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