Another Domino Falls

As we race toward July, another top-flight player has made his decision. Daniel Horton of Cedar Hill (TX) High is headed to Michigan after recently spending time on UM's campus for a summer camp.

Another Domino Falls

Last week we told you that a July flurry of commitments was a distinct possibility. On Saturday, Michigan knocked down another domino and more are sure to follow.

Daniel Horton, a 6-3 point man from Cedar Hill, opted to join forces with Tommy Amaker at Michigan. Horton's father confirmed the news with Horton is currently on Michigan's campus for camp and will be returning to Texas on Monday.

"He made a commitment to the Wolverines this weekend," Daryl Horton, Daniel's father said. "As a matter of fact he did it [Saturday]. To be honest with you, it came down to Michigan, Texas and Florida. I just think it came down to the fact that he's really going to get a chance to play point guard; his natural position.

"He has an opportunity to come into a big-time academic and athletic program to play the point guard position and that kind of pushed the button. I was more surprised than anybody. We had just left Texas and Florida and he really liked both of those campuses. But, when he came here he just felt like it really was the place for him."

Horton, a full qualifier with a 3.6 GPA and over 1,100 SAT, is one of the premier guards in the nation. He was offered by Stanford, Illinois, Texas, Florida and of course, the Wolverines. He will play immediately in Ann Arbor. He'll join Lester Abram who re-committed to Amaker earlier in the month. For all intents and purposes, Horton stands as a symbol of Amaker's first recruit as Michigan head coach. Yes, Abram was technically the first member of the Class of 2002 to enlist with the Wolverines, but it is Horton who symbolizes Amaker's first recruiting project. Together, they give Michigan a super foundation to build on.

The national scene is beginning take shape in terms of the point guard market. Dee Brown belongs to Illinois and now Horton to Michigan. Anthony Roberson appears to have taken a liking to Billy Donovan and the Gators. However, they are still recruiting John Gilchrist. Scholarship offers are on the table to both players and a number of scenarios could take place.

Should Roberson jump first at the grant, Gilchrist could wind up at Indiana. In Colorado Springs, Gilchrist indicated that UF and IU were the co-leaders. Certainly Indiana fans have to be rooting for Roberson to pick the Gators because that could set them up real well for Gilchrist. Further speculation could lead to Gilchrist picking Indiana and Sean May and Bracey Wright following suit.

However, Texas isn't bailing on Wright and others will put the press on him as well. The same can be said for Gilchrist. This is getting real interesting in a hurry.

NOTES: In other commitment news, Maryland picked up SF Cortez Davis. Meanwhile, Iowa moved on its third recruit, SF Josh Rhodes. He joins Greg Brunner and Jeff Horton in the current Hawkeyes class.

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