It started off with a bitter recruiting battle between
the Rebels and Tigers in high school where Alonzo committed to Ole Miss, then
he disappeared from everyone outside of his family during the last two weeks before
signing day, and ended up signing with Auburn on signing day.
New Orleans product redshirted in 2005 at Auburn and played during his redshirt
season in 2006.
"I played in some games in '06, stated the always well
spoken, Alonzo Horton. "It was nothing personal with me leaving Auburn. I
left because it was better for me, both academically and athletically. It was
a business decision. I have no bitter feelings towards Auburn. They were great
to me. It was just in my best interest for me to leave."
The 6' 3",
260 pounder has found a new home at N' West CC. Horton has 24 tackles, 4 QB hurries,
and 1 sack through three games of action.
"It has been a good experience.
Coach had me playing MLB the first three games. I have graded out well, but I
was not doing well in my eyes. But this week, they moved me to rush end, my natural
position, so I think I am going to really start playing well."
SEC experience has been valuable for the Ranger's squad.
the SEC was a great experience. Practices are just like games. Playing in front
of 90,000 people at Auburn was great. Playing at other places like Ole Miss and
LSU were also great. Coach Pippon told me that he wanted me to become a leader
over here and lead by example. He wants me to show them what it is takes to get
to the next level. That is our team's theme this year; take it to the next level."
is in route to visit Ole Miss today with former AU teammate, Patrick Trahan.
am headed over there with Patrick (Trahan) right now. My relationship with Ole
Miss is the same as it was in high school. I have a good relationship with their
coaches and players. If I did not, I would have never committed to Ole Mis. I
was young back then though, and I listened to some family members. They wanted
me to go to Auburn, but my heart was with Ole Miss. You learn a lot of lessons
in life, and that was certainly a big one for me to learn. I am just blessed they
are still interested in me."
The last time Horton was on Ole Miss'
campus; he was playing against the Rebels.
"Yea, the last time I was
over there was when we played them last October. I played in a few snaps that
game. It was a bitter sweet victory for me."
And why was it bitter
"Well because my brother, Robert Russell, was a starting linebacker
for Ole Miss going into the year, and he left the team before we played them.
We had always talked about going to Ole Miss together, and then I signed with
Auburn. So we were all hyped up about playing against each other last year. I
was looking over there at their sidelines just thinking about what it would have
been like if both of us were over there. It was a sad feeling. I do not know;
just a lot of mixed emotions were going through my mind."
relationship with Ole Miss assistant, Frank Wilson, runs deep.
is like a family member to me. We do not even talk football when we talk. He always
wants to know how my brother (Robert Russell), aunt, uncle, and grandmother are
doing. Coach Frank called me and told me congratulations the day after I signed
with Auburn. I was about in tears that day. That is when it hit me what I had
done. Coach Frank is just a great/great person. He is a role model to a lot of
players around here (in New Orleans). I am just glad that I am a part of his life,
and I hope we continue to have that bond until the last day we are on this earth."
there a chance that Alonzo might get another opportunity to play for the Rebels?
think there is a good chance you might see that. Right now, I am just going to
concentrate on my books and go over there today and rebuild some relationships
that I had with their coaches and the players I met while I was on my (official)
visit out of high school. That is what today is all about."