Salters May Play Two Sports In College

FAYETTEVILLE -- Carlton Salters' stock has gone up since he verbally committed to Arkansas earlier this month.

Other schools, including schools from the Southeastern Conference, have tried to pry the 6-foot-1, 185 pound receiver away from the Razorbacks.

The latest was SEC West foe Auburn, who tried to get Salters to visit.

"It was nothing important," Salters said. "I just threw it out the window."

Salters is making sure to enjoy his last few months of high school before his attention shifts toward college.

"You're only young for so long," he said. "You might as well enjoy it."

Salters is also preparing for his senior season of high school baseball for Tallahassee North Florida Christian, where he has been a standout in both sports.

The outfielder said he plans to speak with Arkansas' baseball coaches about the possibility of playing both sports when he gets to Fayetteville.

"I haven't spoken to them yet," he said. "But we'll see."

His decision to come to Arkansas was based in large part on recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn, who has led the way in Salters' recruitment.

"If he wasn't the person recruiting me, I wouldn't be coming to Arkansas," Salters said. "He's the recruiter of the year."

Salters said Vaughn's Florida roots and his demeanor drew Salters toward Florida.

"First off, he's from Tallahassee, which is always a good thing," he said. "He's honest, he's always been up front and doesn't hold anything back."

Salters said he'll be ready to compete immediately for playing time with the Razorbacks.

"I'm ready now," he said. "Obviously you've got to get a little bit stronger, but I can run, so I'm not worried."

He's looking forward to the implementation of Gus Malzahn's no-huddle, hurry-up offense.

A talk with Malzahn during his recruiting visit -- one where Salters did as much asking of questions as he did answering -- sold Salters on the system.

"I was kind of skeptical," Salters said. "He told me he wrote a couple books on it and I gave him some questions on what he would call against coverages in certain situations and his answers matched up to things I would want to try."

He also keeps in close contact with Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain and is working with Mustain to lure Springdale wide receiver Damian Williams to Fayetteville.

It's a crucial piece of the recruiting puzzle, Salters said.

"If we get him, we win the West," he said.

While Salters is helping Arkansas recruit offense, don't count on him paying much attention to the other side.

"I really don't care about defense," Salters said. "I don't care about running backs.

"I just want to catch the ball."

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