Horton Hoping to Grow Into Major Role With Tigers

Promising freshman defensive end Alonzo Horton discusses his expectations for his first season as a college football player.

Auburn, Ala.--Alonzo Horton says he has had a productive summer getting a jump on his first college football season by coming to campus early to train with his new teammates at Auburn.

The defensive end from Abramson High in New Orleans was rated the No. 10 prospect in the country at his position in the 2005 signee class by Scout.com because of his production in high school and his potential to become bigger and better college.

Alonzo Horton

"This summer I have been gaining weight, getting stronger and getting ready to play at the collegiate level," Horton says. "I have been making friends, learning the campus, getting used to the college atmosphere and getting adjusted to living away from home. It has been going along great.

"Auburn has been recruiting me since my sophomore year so I already had some relationships built before I came," Horton notes. "I got a chance to know a lot of the players and a lot of the coaches."

Horton says the most difficult part of being away from home for the first time is that he can't have the daily contact with his family. "That is something you have to deal with," he says.

"Coming to campus early makes a lot of sense," Horton adds. "They want you to come in early, not only to get a head start on football but on your academics. That is something that impressed me about Auburn. In the past, Auburn has had players go into their senior year not really worried about classes because they already had a degree in their hand. That is something I liked about Auburn."

The freshman is shown during a summer workout on the Auburn campus.

Horton notes that he weighed 222 pounds when he arrived at AU earlier this summer. With help from "eating right" and a college workout program, the six-foot-four end weighed 235 pounds on Tuesday as he and his fellow freshmen had their first official Auburn University practice. They went through a light workout in helmets and shorts.

The freshman defensive end, who earned All-State honors with 125 tackles and 16 sacks last fall, says he might not be done growing. "I have a lot of cousins who are six-foot-five or six-foot-six," he says. "I also have a few cousins who are over seven-feet tall so it is in my genes to keep growing."

Horton says he goes into his first college football season confident in his ability to play at the SEC level. He hopes to make a quick splash. "I want to have an impact on this year's team," he says. "I want to be able to contribute to the team early, in any kind of way I can."

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