Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hackett and team about to make history
Arkansas linebacker commitment Khalia Hackett and South Paulding High School in Douglasville, Georgia are on the verge of making history this season.
“The season is going great,” Hackett said. “We’re 5 and 1 right now. We’re either number one or number two in the region right now. We’re making history for the first time. We’re basically in the playoffs and it’s going to be our first year playing in the playoffs. The school started in 2006.”
Hackett, 6-2, 208, 4.63 seconds in the 40 yard dash, committed to Arkansas in late July over about 18 other offers, including ones from Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Syracuse. He has 52 tackles, 4 tackles for the loss, 3 pass deflections and an interception this season.Senior highlights click here
“I’m really excited,” he said. “We’re not just going to the playoffs and going out in the first round.”
When Hackett pledged to the Razorbacks, he credited his relationship with cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and linebackers coach Randy Shannon. He said spoke with both coaches recently
“They talked about when they’re coming down here to watch me play,” Hackett said. “They said they were coming to see me play during the bye week. I think it’s just going to be coach Johnson. I’m not sure coach Shannon is coming.”
Hackett’s confidence and commitment wasn’t shaken by the recent loss to South Carolina.
“No, not really, not at all,” Hackett said. “I’m not worried about nothing. I still love the school and the coaching staff. I love the tradition they have over there.”
A couple of schools are still pursuing him.
“I’ve been getting a couple of messages and stuff from Kentucky,” Hackett said. “The coach from Cincinnati gave me a call.”
Could he take an official visit to another school?
“Probably not, if I were to do it it would be just to go on a trip and get out of the house,” Hackett said.