WeAreSC had learned Horton was favoring the Trojans after they offered him a scholarship on Wednesday (Feb. 28), so the commitment was not a big surprise. However, we phoned and asked if he’d committed moments after he informed USC he was verbally committing.
“Yeah, I did commit to USC,” Horton said. “I just got off the phone with Coach (Pete) Carroll.”
Horton was asked what it was about USC that resulted in him committing so early in the recruiting process.
I just like their philosophy on things. I went to their Junior-Day (Feb. 24) and just hearing Coach Carroll and talking to my d-line coach, motivated me to commit. I just loved it a lot up there. I just want to be a part of something special, be a part of one of the best teams in the nation and I want to be a part of the winning tradition--plus I’m staying close to home.”
Horton not only wants to be a part of the winning tradition at USC, the lack of depth at the defensive end position after the 2007 season, will provide him an opportunity to compete for early playing time.
“They’re losing five defensive ends, so I thought it would be a good opportunity for to get in there and play as soon as possible. But I know it’s going to be competitive up there.
Although Horton’s father, Myke, played football for Dick Vermeil at UCLA, he realized he wouldn’t be a Bruin legacy after attending UCLA’s Junior-Day.
“When I was at the junior-day, there was really nothing that opened my eyes,” Horton said. “I had been to UCLA quite a few times and I really didn’t see anything new, and nothing that motivated me to go their school.”
Horton talked about his best attributes as a football player and it seemed like he was describing exactly what the Trojans look for in a defensive end.
“I get off the ball real fast and one of my main assets is my closing speed,” Horton said. “Once I get close to a quarterback, it’s my closing speed that allows me to finish. I think I’m a good finisher. That’s what my coaches tell me my best attribute is.”
WeAreSC will be at Notre Dame on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week to shoot a more in depth video interview with Horton.