It could have been about Fear The Turtle, but instead will be about the Year of the Razorbacks.
Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian School athlete Julian Horton (6-1, 195, 4.5) was one of three prospects to commit to University of Arkansas on Sunday morning after their official visits.
Horton will start out at wide receiver, but is also a highly regarded cornerback and versatile enough to play several positions – as is fellow Sunday commit Deonte Welch (6-0, 185) of Williston, Fla.
The third commit on Sunday was Daunte Carr (6-2, 200) – a safety prospect from Gainesville, Ga. – who gives Arkansas 20 commits in the 2010 class.
"It's just a great football program and a great University that I want to be part of," Horton said. "I was so impressed with everything. The coaches, the players, the facilities. The chance to be part of the best offense in the SEC and one of the best in the country is a big plus, too."
Being able to catch passes from Arkansas starting quarterback Ryan Mallett (6-7, 240) – who should be a Heisman Trophy candidate and the highest ranked signal caller in the SEC – is another positive for the Razorbacks.
"He is a great quarterback," Horton said. "His size, I haven't seen size on any quarterback like he has – a 6-7 frame – and the cannon he has is crazy. All the stuff he has, all the tools he has makes him a good quarterback and if I can play next year as a freshman, that would be awesome to have the chance to play with him."
Horton, who had 51 catches for 710 yards and 7 touchdowns this season, chose Arkansas over co-finalist Maryland and other offers from UCLA, Oklahoma State, Illinois and Vanderbilt.
"I bring physicalness and speed to the field," Horton said. "I am a ballhog – I go get the ball wherever it is. I block pretty well. I need to work on my routes a little more. I need more training in that area. Just hopefully when I get here I can get better at that.
He took early unofficial visits to UCLA, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt will end his recruiting process without going to see what the Terrapins have to offer.
"I haven't called the Maryland coaches yet to let them know that, but I know that this is the place I want to be for the next four or five years," Horton said. "I knew it had a lot of great things to offer, but it even exceeded my expectations."
Arkansas was the first one to the table with an offer to Horton, who was obviously familiar with Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino from his time of coaching with the Atlanta Falcons.
"First of all, I have known Bobby Petrino for two years now because his came to my school," Horton said. "They were the first school to offer me. I always had interest and there was mutual interest with Arkansas.
"They pass the ball a lot, too - it is a good system with a good coach who likes to pass the ball a lot," Horton added. "It is a nice campus, great location and a good place that I definitely look forward to getting here to."
Horton Commits To Arkansas
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