Waco (Texas) Midway three-star defensive back Kahlil Haughton has narrowed his long list of offers to a top five of Baylor, Duke, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
The five schools have been among his leaders for a few months now, and each present intriguing and unique opportunities.
"Baylor is a school that's a hometown school," Haughton said. "They've been doing really well right now. They're on the rise and there a top 10 team. They're doing great right now. I love the coaching staff there. They're great and I trust them a lot.
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"Duke, it's a program that not many people follow as being a great program as far as football, and they've definitely done really well this past year. I think they're definitely on the rise. With their education and football it would be a hard opportunity to pass up because you get the best of both worlds.
"Texas Tech that's a unique place because the coaching staff is a lot younger. They're more energetic. You can tell that definitely whenever you step on campus. The coaches are a lot more energetic and everything and more encouraging. They're just great people and I really love it.
"Oklahoma it's a great place. They've been really consistent since Bob Stoops has been there. For 16 years they've won a lot of championships as far as Big 12 and a national championship. The coaching staff there is great. I love the way they run their defense. I definitely think it's a great school.
"Arkansas, I have a great relationship with coach Jennings and coach Smith. They're great people. And playing SEC football that's what everyone wants to play now. So that would be a great opportunity to play early at an SEC school.
There has been talk of two or three programs being at the top of his list, but for now Haughton is not ready to go that far.
"I think they're all pretty much the same," Haughton said. "They've all proven why they're one of the top programs."
While all five are on equal footing at this point there was a point in early August where he was on the verge of making his college decision.
"I was going to do that but then I decided I wanted to take my official visits," Haughton said. "So probably after I finish those I'll make a decision."
He already has an official visit scheduled to Oklahoma on September 12, and he is working on the others right now.
"Right now I'm trying to set one up with Arkansas," Haughton said. "I'm not sure when. I'm still trying to figure that one out. But Texas Tech I'm may be taking mine either October 11 or November 1."
Baylor may not receive an official visit since it is so close to home, but he has taken a few recent visits to see the Bears. On Saturday he was at Baylor's scrimmage, and he plans to take a few unofficial visits to the Baylor campus in the near future.
"I'll probably be at the Baylor games because it's not far and me and bunch of friends go," Haughton said. "So probably a couple to Baylor when I can. Which I'm going to be going to this game on Sunday."
Recruiting is far from the only thing on his mind. Midway's first game of the 2014 season is quickly approaching. As usual the expectations are high and Haughton is ready to go.
"I'm really confident in our team," Haughton said. "Our defense is great. We have a lot of playmakers. I love my team. We have a lot of playmakers on offense too. I'm really confident of what we're capable of. The talent is there. We just have to make sure we stay focused and keep communicating and team chemistry and all those other types of things."
As a junior Haughton recorded 87 tackles, 2 interceptions, and one forced fumble. He is currently ranked No. 26 among the nation's 2015 safety prospects.