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Hackett versatile, but Hogs see a linebacker

Posted: July 30, 2014 at 2:53 a.m.

Khalia Hackett will be a freshman at Arkansas this season.

Khalia Hackett excelled at everything as a high school football player.

Khalia Hackett glance

CLASS Freshman

HEIGHT 6-3

WEIGHT 218 pounds

POSITION Linebacker

HIGH SCHOOL South Paulding

HOMETOWN Douglasville, Ga.

NOTEWORTHY A three-star signee who recorded 85 tackles as a senior and led South Paulding to its first playoff berth. Had 165 career tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 1/2 sacks and 5 interceptions. … Ranked No. 52 linebacker in the nation and No. 63 prospect in Georgia by ESPN. … Versatile athlete played basketball and multiple offensive and defensive positions in football. … Musically gifted, he plays the piano, drums and saxophone. … Hackett chose Arkansas over scholarship offers from Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Middle Tennessee.

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