They’re no longer commits. They’re no longer signees. They are now freshmen at Oklahoma, and Sooners Illustrated caught up with the majority of the 2015 class one last time before they arrived on campus.
Up first is Scout 300 safety Kahlil Haughton.
Waco (Texas) Midway S Kahlil Haughton (6-2, 170, No. 23 S, No. 297 Scout 300)
The story: Haughton was an interesting recruitment. Though there were other schools in the hunt, it always felt like it was between OU and the hometown school, Baylor. Haughton was offered in person at OU’s junior day and made several unofficial visits and an official visit. Decision day came Dec. 19 when Haughton officially picked the Sooners.
When you received the OU offer, did you really think you would sign with the Sooners?
It was something I had been contemplating, but I wasn’t really sure. I knew there was a possibility, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave home.
When did you know in your heart OU was the place for you?
I started feeling it more in July. That’s when I knew being a Sooner was a real possibility. Before I committed, OU was the place that was standing out to me, but I was still going back and forth between OU and Baylor in August.
Do you know your jersey number and your roommate?
My jersey number is going to be No. 8, and my roommate is going to be P.J. Mbanasor. They gave me a list of numbers, and I’ve always liked even numbers.
What was the toughest part of the recruiting process?
Trying to keep in touch with all the coaches talking to you. I mean you don’t want to play favorites or anything. I tried to keep it as close to just me and my family as possible so that it didn’t get out of hand.
Any one school/coach it was really tough to let them know you weren’t coming?
I called them all to let them know I was going to OU. Baylor was definitely tough. I had already started my relationship with those coaches even before recruiting. That was a tough one to do.
What’s the No. 1 thing you’re looking forward to at OU?
I’m looking forward to experiencing a lot of new things. It’s a new environment for a place I really don’t know much about outside of football. I’m definitely looking forward to the new experiences on and off the field.
Bob Stoops plays a huge role in the recruiting game, but who is the one assistant you would say influenced your decision to choose OU?
I would say Coach (Jay) Boulware and Coach (Chip) Viney. They stayed in contact with me like every other day. Coach Boulware is a friendly, comforting guy. He’s like that big grandpa you always want to see. I became really good friends with both of them.
If it wasn’t OU, what school would it have been?
Most likely Baylor. Baylor would probably have been No. 1 with Arkansas the runner-up.
Coming in with a new coach, what’s your relationship been like with Kerry Cooks here in the last few months?
He recruitment for a while when he was at Notre Dame. We definitely have a good relationship right now. We talk every now and then, and he tells me what he wants me to work on.
The whole 2015 secondary class was back at OU for the spring game, what was that experience like?
It was great to just be there and chill and enjoy things. There was no pressure. For some of us, we had only really texted and things like that so it was good to get to know them more. We still weren’t sure how Coach Cooks coached and his routine and stuff like that. I’m looking forward to working with him.
Stoops was not shy to say he believes this could be the best safety class ever during his tenure. Do you like that pressure/expectation?
I don’t pay attention to it. It’s nice for the recognition, for sure. But I’d rather hear him say that after we get to work and after we show what we can do.