OU still in Haughton hunt

Sooners had their top two safety targets on campus last Saturday with one of them being Kahlil Haughton.

Things are starting to become clearer for Waco (Texas) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton, who returned to Oklahoma for the third time in four months last weekend.

Haughton, a four-star prospect, was back in Norman with his family. The plan was to watch the coaches interact with recruits at OU's camp. Unfortunately, he came during the session that featured a two-hour delay so he didn't get to see that.

That won't make a huge difference to Haughton, however, since he was able to see how OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops worked with the players and other coaches.

"I just wanted to check out the campus and Norman as a city," Haughton said. "I wanted to get a better idea of things."

It's obvious the input of his parents will mean a lot in his recruitment and there was one thing that each of them wanted to know. His mother wanted to make sure her son would be taking care of with his nutrition.

His father wanted to know 100 percent his son's health was always going to be a priority, looking at signs of injury and keeping him as good as he can be.

It was check and check in that department. Haughton said his mother enjoyed talking with OU nutritionist coach Tiffany Byrd, who joined the staff last year and has done wonders for all OU sports on the nutrition side of things.

"She loved Coach Byrd and how she was so excited about talking about nutrition and what she would do," Haughton said. "My mom was worried because I'm a teenager and don't always eat healthy."

Haughton's father ran track in college and had a lot of friends go through the recruiting process. But Haughton said after talking to the coaches, there were no concerns.

The concern for OU comes from other schools. Haughton went from OU to Baylor on Sunday and to a Texas Tech satellite camp Monday. He'll conclude the week with his first trip to Arkansas this weekend.

Haughton said he would like to see Ohio State and Louisville, but he said he's not sure it's going to be possible because of the distance factor. The plan continues to try to have his recruitment finished before his senior season.

Haughton also has spent the last several weeks recovering from wrist surgery. Haughton said it's going fine, and he's back to working out again. Waco Midway begins some 7-on-7 competitions this week, and Haughton said he won't miss any time.

It's obvious OU is right there along with Baylor and Arkansas. But Haughton is adamant he will explore all his best options and will then make his decision.

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