Celebration Time Almost Here for Prospect

It will soon be song and dance time for this hotly pursued high school football star.

New Orleans, La.--Alonzo Horton, one of two early Auburn verbal commitments who de-committed, says that there is no doubt no about where he is going to play college football.

"I am going to play for Auburn and I am going to come up to Auburn in the summer to get started early," the Abramson, Marion High senior says.

Horton notes that he plans to be one of the first Auburn signees to get his scholarship papers faxed to the Auburn Athletic Department on Wednesday morning.

"I am going to sign the scholarship at the school board office early in the morning," he says. "We are going to do another signing at the high school for me and two of my teammates, who are also signing scholarships.

"They are going to do something real special for us. The school is going to throw a parade for us. The band is going to be marching. The dance team is going to be there. They will have the whole thing set up just like it is a real parade. We will have some special guest speakers at the school. It will be real nice."

Horton decided to take a visit to Ole Miss a week after his official visit to Auburn. He announced after he returned from Oxford that he had changed his mind and would play for Ole Miss. However, later in the week he said that was a mistake and that his original decision to play for the Tigers was the correct one.

Alonzo Horton is expected to bring quickness and lots of athletic ability to Auburn as a defensive end.

Last Friday he got an in-home visit from Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville plus assistant coaches Greg Knox and Terry Price and re-confirmed his decision to be a Tiger. Price, who coaches defensive ends, is expected to be Horton's position coach at AU.

Another commitment, linebacker Ryan Stamper from First Coast High in Jacksonville, is staying with his decision to switch to the Florida Gators. Stamper says that the chance to play close to home with three of his former high school teammates was a big factor in his decision.

The 6-3, 225-pounder had an impressive senior season. Despite battling double-teams, he made 125 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, three blocked kicks and a fumble recovery.

In addition to Ole Miss, he took official visits to Nebraska and Michigan State. He also considered Arkansas.


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