ATTALLA, Ala. — An old recruiting adage advises college football prospects to commit to a university — not a staff — because of the nature of the coaching profession.
Daulton Hyatt understands that, but will also readily admit that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and his staff played a major role in why he chose to become a Razorback.
“I know a lot of people say you shouldn’t commit to a coaching staff and all that, but it was hard not to,” Hyatt said during an exclusive interview Wednesday with SEC Country. “All of them are genuine, good guys who care about their players.”
Hyatt, a 3-star quarterback, is taking his official visit to Fayetteville, Ark., this week, returning to graduate early from Etowah High School and then heading back to Arkansas, where he will begin his college career.
Hyatt committed to Arkansas back in March after an unofficial visit.
During that visit, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema impressed Hyatt’s parents by personally detailing everything about the scholarship offer and what it covered.
“He really sat down and gave us so much information about the school and what his scholarship paid for,” said Tennille Hyatt, Daulton’s mother. “He covered everything. To me, he covered more than any coach.
“He didn’t have somebody else going over that stuff with us. He pulled out a spreadsheet and said, ‘This is what his scholarship will pay for.’”
For his part, Daulton Hyatt’s father Jeremy loves Bielema’s tell-it-like-it-is reputation.
“I’m that way, so I respect him for it,” Jeremy Hyatt said. “If you don’t know what time it is, Coach B will tell you what time it is. He’s just that type of person.”
Bielema, offensive coordinator Dan Enos and defensive line coach Rory Segrest visited Hyatt and his family in Alabama earlier this week.
Had a great in home visit with the Arkansas coaching staff! Woo Pig! ? pic.twitter.com/QJamQIwwgH
— Daulton Hyatt 11™ (@daulton_hyatt) November 28, 2016
Daulton Hyatt said he’s excited to play in Enos’ system.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback transferred from Arab (Ala.) High School to Etowah High last spring, and the system he ran as a senior at Etowah more closely resembles the one he’ll begin learning when he enrolls at Arkansas.
“I’m really excited to get up there,” Hyatt said. “I’m ready to be up there with Coach Enos and start learning everything, learning the offense and start working out and stuff.”