Standout Defensive End Has Two Favorites

Alonzo Horton Discusses his style of play and his two favorite teams.

New Orleans, La.--Six-foot-three, 215-pound defensive end Alonzo Horton said he is trying to keep an open mind about his college decision, but admits that LSU and Auburn are tied for the lead over the rest of the SEC, and Miami.

The standout from Abramson High School noted that he has offers from every SEC school except LSU and Vanderbilt, also Miami, which is one of his top five teams, has not offered to this point either. "I don't know why I haven't gotten an offer from LSU," Horton said. "I'd like an offer from them because they're the home state school. My friend Chris Turner is being recruited by LSU and we want to go to the same school.

"I do like the fact that LSU is close to home, but even though it's close to home that doesn't mean it's right for me," Horton added. "Whatever school I pick, I'll be stuck there for four years. So, I'm really trying to keep it open for now."

Horton said despite not having an offer in hand, he has had some discussions with the staff in Baton Rouge. "I talked to the head coach (Nick Saban) personally," he noted. "He told me he really likes me and they want me to play for them. They have a limited number of scholarships, but I'm hoping to get one still."

The defensive end prospect also explained that he enjoyed his experience at LSU earlier this summer. "I liked the LSU camp because we did everything the way the team practices it," Horton said. "Their workouts are very intense, but they still focus a lot on hard work and the classroom."

As for his other favortie, Horton said that his recent trip to the Plains felt very comfortable as well. "I visited Auburn and I liked how I felt at home on their campus," he said. "I felt like I was at LSU.

"I've been following Auburn since my sophomore year, they were the first to recruit me," Horton added about the Tigers. "Being recruited early by a school like Auburn really motivated me."

The defensive end also noted that there are a few other things he likes about the Tigers. "I like the Auburn coaches," Horton said. "They show me a lot of love. I also like their coaching style because it reminds me of my coaches right now. They really work out hard, but they also treat you like you're one of their own kids."

As for his style of play, Horton said he likes to use his technique and finesse to get to the quarterback. "I use the fact that I'm lighter than most Offensive linemen to my advantage," he explained. "I use my speed to get him (my opponent) to lean to one side, then I use their weight against them so they lose their balance."

There is a part of his game, Horton said, he would like to improve, however. "I need to work on taking better angles to the ball carrier."

Along with good size, speed and technique, Horton also noted that he plans on bringing a great attitude with him to whichever college he decides to attend. "I want to be like the Michael Jordan of my team," he explains. "I want to get them to play on the same level of intensity as me--and get it done. I want to be able to improve the team by improving myself and then making them play at my level."


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