Big Georgia Lineman Talks Auburn Offer

Big offensive line prospect Mike Horton talks about his visit to see Auburn and getting an offer from the Tigers.

Atlanta, Ga.--Rated as the nation's No. 31 offensive guard prospect, big Mike Horton from Lakeside High already has offers from some of the top programs in the country. On Thursday he took a visit to check out the Auburn Tigers and left impressed by what he saw from Gus Malzahn's program.

"It's definitely a great feeling being there," Horton said. "It's one of those places you come and you automatically know whether it's a good place or not. Everybody is smiling so it's a great feel being there. I enjoyed seeing them practice. That was important to me seeing them practice. I just loved being there.

"They are very up-tempo," he added. "Everything they do is precise. They have a certain time for everything. I love that."

Talented enough to play several positions along the offensive line, Horton got more good news on his trip when the Tigers extended an offer to him. Spending time with Malzahn and position coach J.B. Grimes, he added that it means a lot to him to get an offer from a program like Auburn.

"They offered me today," Horton said. "They want me to come back and see them play hopefully. I most likely will be coming back to see them play.

"It was great," he added of the offer. "They just went to a national championship so it means something if a school like that wants to give you an offer. That's definitely a great feeling."

Being recruited as an offensive linemen by several teams, Horton has an offer from the Florida Gators as a defensive tackle. He also has offers from Duke, Vanderbilt and Virginia as an athlete capable of playing either side of the ball. Boston College, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Nebraska and Penn State are just a few of the other schools that have already offered Horton.

Saying he would put Florida, Miami, LSU, and Duke among his early favorites, he admits he's a long way from making a decision. Getting to see Auburn in action definitely made an impact on the big lineman however and he said one of the reasons why was because of what he saw from Grimes.

"Coach Grimes is full of energy and he's a great guy," Horton said. "When they were practicing I loved how he got on them and told them exactly what they needed to fix. That was great."


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