The Scout 300 prospect had already visited the campus with his family three times since February. But he hadn’t been in Norman when OU was actually playing.
He can cross that off his list. Haughton wanted to see what the atmosphere was like, and he got the whole story being on his official visit to campus last weekend during OU’s 34-10 win against Tennessee.
“That was my first OU game. The fans were crazy,” Haughton said. “I loved the atmosphere.”
Haughton was hosted by freshman cornerback Jordan Thomas. One of the surprises of the 2014 class, Thomas has made a noticeable impact for OU and told Haughton how much he is loving being a Sooner.
“He talked a lot about how hard they push him physically and mentally,” Haughton said. “He said going from high school to college is a big jump, but the coaches at OU will have you prepared and give you support.”
Haughton originally had set an announcement date for Aug. 8, and it looked like the Sooners could have been the school chosen. He pushed that back, and with that in mind, he had no intention of thinking about committing this weekend.
“The coaches are great,” Haughton said. “It was fun to see him (Bob Stoops) with his family and talking about what a support system they have at OU. It meant a lot.”
Coincidentally, Haughton was taking his visit at the same time Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor. A four-star prospect as well, Mbanasor committed to OU in May and has been the most vocal supporter of trying to get Haughton to join him in Norman.
“P.J. has done a lot of talking,” Haughton said. “I talked to him and some of the other guys and just getting their input on things, getting their points of view on everything. They were saying how much they’d loved to have me here and things like that.”
All that interaction was nice, but Haughton wanted to come for the game. And what he saw was an impressive defensive performance. He said he loved the crowd and seeing how pumped up they got before and during the game.
With the OU visit in the books, more are coming. He is already talking about an Arkansas trip in October and a Texas Tech one in November. Nebraska wasn’t originally in his top five, but he said the way the Huskers are pursuing him now might make that an option.
Following the visit, nothing has changed for Haughton.
“Still feel the same way I did before with OU,” Haughton said. “It’s a great school.”