Florida Receiver Pledges To Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE -- Mitch Mustain's decision to recommit to Arkansas has already paid dividends.

Carlton Salters, a wide receiver from Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian, verbally committed to the Razorbacks on Monday night after learning of Mustain's decision.

"Mitch and I have become very good friends over the phone and we have been calling each other the last three or 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 in early December, chose the Razorbacks over Miami (Fla.), Maryland and Wake Forest. Miami had wanted Salters to visit before signing day, but that isn't going to happen.

"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 am fully wanted instead of waiting around. You move too slow, you lose out. Arkansas is the place for me anyway."

Salters is the 13th commitment to the Razorbacks, including mid-term signee John West, a safety from North Dakota State College of Sciences.

The first day for Salters and the other Arkansas commitments to sign is Feb. 1. Coaches cannot comment on recruits until after they sign.

While it was Mustain's decision that put Salters over the hump, Salters said he wouldn't have considered the Razorbacks if it weren't for Arkansas recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn.

"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 is the second wide receiver committed to the Razorbacks, joining Springdale's Andrew Norman. Salters said he would help try to flip another Springdale player -- receiver Damian Williams -- to join the Razorbacks. Williams is currently committed to Florida.

"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 happen," Salters said. "It's all coming together really well."

Football isn't the only sport where Salters excels. He's a three-sport star at North Florida Christian, playing basketball and baseball as well. Salters has called baseball his favorite sport and there is a chance the outfielder could be selected in June's Major League draft.

North Florida Christian has a history of producing top-quality talent, including 1991 Heisman Trophy runner-up Casey Weldon of Florida State. Another Seminole, linebacker Ernie Sims, also is a North Florida Christian product. Sims recently declared for the NFL draft.

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