Horton is hungry
Mike Horton
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 2, 2013
Chad Simmons


Mike Horton has the size that will catch the attention of college coaches, but he wants to show them that he is more than just a big body. Learn more about Horton here...

Mike Horton is a 6-foot-4, 320 pound junior out of Atlanta (Ga.) Lakeside and he plays both sides of the ball for the Vikings.

He wants to do all he can to help his team, but he hopes to block for talented running backs on the next level.

"I like offensive line best," said Horton. "I feel that is my best position and where I succeed at the most. I like it best because of my size, my skills at run blocking, and I have good awareness. I think I have good feet as an offensive lineman too."

He did not camp at any schools this past summer and his high school is not known for producing top prospects in recent years, so he is a little behind in recruiting right now.

A handful of schools have shown interest though.

"I don't have offers yet, but Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Connecticut are showing interest in me. I have gotten mail from those schools, so I guess they know who I am."

He hopes many more will know who he is by the end of the season and like his skill set enough to offer him a scholarship in the future.

"It is my dream to play college football now. I want to get a great a degree, play football, and hopefully play in the NFL one day. I just started playing football in the seventh grade and it just stuck with me. I love it and I want to keep playing."

As a kid, Horton did not play football, so he did not grow up with a favorite school. A local school has had him on campus a couple of times so far and he likes what he has seen.

"I like the city life around Georgia Tech," said Horton. "I like the atmosphere there, I like the fan support, and the school is strong."

Georgia Tech is the only school Horton has visited so far this season. He hopes to visit Georgia, Mississippi State, and Tennessee as well.

Right now, he is just focused on showing all what he is about as a football prospect. Horton is not all that well-known right now, but he wants to change that.

"I want to prove myself and show everyone what I have as a football player. I want to earn some offers and play on the next level. That is what I working for."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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