After landing Shakiel Randolph in 2012, SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason went back to Waco Midway this year and tried his luck again by offering Jamie Jacobs and Christian Beard.
But Jacobs committed to Baylor and Beard, now a Toledo pledge, committed to SMU only to decommit a few days later in one of the strangest recruiting situations of the year. Despite the misfortune, Mason is targeting another pair of Waco Midway prospects.
On Monday night, offers were sent out to wide receiver Devontre Stricklin and safety Kahlil Haughton.
"This morning I was with the team, and my coach took me aside and told me that SMU was offering me," Haughton said. "I haven't talked to their coaches, but it really wasn't a surprise because I had already talked to Shakiel Randolph about it, and he told me about SMU."
A versatile 2015 athlete, Haughton also plays quarterback for the Panthers. His future at the FBS level, however, is in the secondary. Haughton hopes to follow in Randolph's footsteps and become the next safety from Waco Midway to make an early impact at the next level.
Haughton says he's not sure if he'll visit SMU yet but does hold interest in the Mustangs and is learning more and more about the program from his former teammate.
"I was pretty excited about the offer. I asked Shakiel about it, and he said he loves it over there. He's really enjoying his time there. He said they had a tough end to the year, and they could use some help back there," Haughton said. "It would be awesome to play with him again. When he was here, he was a really good leader."
Haughton, who also holds offers from Baylor, Oregon State and TCU, does not have any favorites at the moment but does know what he's looking for in a school.
"Right now, I'm just trying to get things figured out and get things going," Haughton said. "I just want to go to a place with good academics, a good atmosphere and a place where the coaches really care about their players."
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is not yet rated by Scout but is a three-star prospect on other recruiting services. As a junior, he notched 87 tackles, 10 pass break ups and two interceptions.
This offseason, Haughton is already hard at work. He recently competed in the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio and has been training hard in the weight room.
"I'm working a lot on hip flexibility and just getting faster and stronger," Haughton said. "I feel like I'm pretty versatile and I'm not afraid to come up and make a tackle. I might not be too much of a spoken leader, but I lead by example."
Haughton Discusses SMU Offer
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