"Once I talked to Coach (Julius) Brown when he came down here and offered me, I liked Boise State," said Tyler Horton, the No. 64-ranked CB in the nation. "Once I got there for a visit it felt like home. We talked to my parents and I decided that's where I wanted to be."
The 6-foot, 175-pound Horton officially committed to Boise State during his visit on Jan. 23, but maintained secrecy until signing day. And, in his own words, it was pretty hard to keep the news to himself, especially during an all-star game trip to FL when all the players sat down to watch the Fiesta Bowl between BSU and Arizona.
"Everybody was there watching with me," Horton said. "It was awesome to see Boise State do so well. In the back of my head I was thinking, 'That's where I'm going.' It was exciting for the rest of the players and the nation to see what Boise State is capable of."
With offers from hometown Fresno State, Cal, Washington State, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Houston, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah State and late pushes from Miami and Florida, Horton always knew where his heart was.
Jim McElwain, who recruited him while at Colorado State before leaving for Florida, spent a considerable amount of time the night before signing day trying to convince Horton to ink with the Gators. Loyalty won out, however.
"When McElwain called, it was shocking because I hadn't talked to him for a while," Horton said. "He was trying to get me to go to Florida. But I already knew where I wanted to go.
"Things may have been different if I would have visited Gainsville. I know it would have been a big thing to play there. As far as right now, I don't regret them not coming in early because I'm happy to be on The Blue."
With his recruitment in the rear-view mirror, Horton says his phone isn't constantly blowing up with calls and texts from coaches or the media. "It's been relaxing," he said.
"Now that I know where I'm going, I can get my workouts going, get in shape for the college game and get my mind ready for the next level."
Horton hopes to play as a true freshman at Boise State, but knows he has to put in the work and earn his way spot.
"I'm going to leave that to the coaches and the team," he said. "It's another level. That's what I would like to do, but it's up to the coaches and how my body and mind come together. They want the best players on the field and I hope to work my way to that point. But, really, it's up to them."