OU winning over Haughton family

OU continues to make a strong impression on Kahlil Haughton, but the race is far from over.

It's not an easy chore to do, but Oklahoma is slowly pulling it off with Waco (Texas) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton.

Haughton fully admits his brothers have never been fans of OU, but after another trip to Norman for the spring game last weekend, they're starting to come around.

"My brothers aren't even OU fans, but they loved it," Haughton said.

Haughton, a four-star safety, was back at OU for the first time in two months. The second visit was a lot different than the first one. When Haughton arrived in February for OU's first junior day, he received his Sooners offer in person.

He toured the facilities and got a feel of what to expect. Last weekend's trip wasn't about touring the facilities but more about taking in the atmosphere of OU's spring game.

An atmosphere that will be tough to duplicate at OU as it was an OU-record 43,500 fans that showed up for the game.

"I wanted to get a feel of everything," Haughton said. "I loved the atmosphere. It was only half the crowd, but it was an amazing experience."

OU doesn't have any safety commits for the Class of 2015, and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was quick to point out one of OU's backup safeties for the spring was sophomore walk-on Thaddeus LaGrone.

The Sooners are bringing quality safeties in the summer when the signees arrive, but the cupboard is still a little bare at the position compared to some other schools.

It's the one thing OU coaches Courtney Viney and Jay Boulware are trying to ingrain into Haughton's head.

"They're pretty thin in the secondary, and it would be a great opportunity," Haughton said. "I talk to the coaches a lot. Almost every day or every other day on Twitter or something."

Despite OU faring well in the process, Haughton isn't ready to narrow it down to a few school yet alone make a commitment.

He does plan on taking it a little easy here in the next month. Haughton said he will concentrate on spring practice before likely hitting the road once again in the summer.

He said he would like to visit nearby schools like Oklahoma State, LSU and Arkansas, and he said he would love the chance to check out Duke and Michigan.

Haughton said he doesn't believe a decision will be coming in the spring, but he's hopeful to be able to narrow things down in the summer and make a decision before his senior season starts.

With his skill set, his list of suitors could increase during the spring evaluation period.

"Not a lot of safeties have the hip flexibility I have," Haughton said. "I have the speed and agility of a cornerback, but I have the size of a safety."

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