Malik Horton will be in Boulder this coming weekend for Colorado's BBQ event, and then he will travel to College Park to check out Maryland on July 30 before making the call.
“I love the situation I am in. It was just like four or five months ago, I had zero offers but I always had God in me and I always had a good work ethic,” Horton expressed. “I knew it was just going to be a matter of time. So my mom would talk to me about being patient, keeping faith in God. So now that everything has happened like we expected, I am just staying humble and accepting everything that comes with it.
“I really like the schools that have offered me. I am not crazy trying to get an Alabama offer. I want to go to a school that is comfortable for me, where I can play and also grow and develop academically. So I am glad with the offers I have from Colorado, Tulane, Maryland, Old Dominion, Toledo, Louisville, all those schools. They are all really nice schools.”
Cornerbacks coach Charles Clark is responsible for Horton's recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff. Clark was at the satellite camp in Georgia in June that helped boost Horton's stock.
“I really hope Colorado is as good as I think it is going to be,” he said of his upcoming trip to Boulder. “I think it is going to be really nice in terms of the atmosphere, family feeling, the area. I feel like the coaches are going to treat me like a true family member. I just hope my family and I have a great time there.”
What are Horton's expectations going out to Maryland?
“With Maryland, I just hope I am comfortable like I expect to be at Colorado,” he said. “I will be using logic more than emotion when I look at both schools. I don't want to get caught up in the uniforms and that stuff. I want to see where I can go develop the most and make a positive impact for the University, whether it is at Colorado or Maryland, that is the main thing.”
Going into his upcoming trips, Horton said Colorado is his favorite “with Maryland right behind.”
“I would just say the love I have seen from Colorado makes them stand out. By far they have shown the most love and communication,” he added. “They are always making edits and sending mail and everything. It is just really amazing. They put so much time into me so I really cherish that. That is amazing to me.”
Horton confirmed he plans to commit to a college shortly after his trip to Maryland. He has not set an exact date for his announcement yet, though.
An all-region selection as a junior at Westwood High School in Blythewood, S.C., Horton recently moved back to Atlanta to live with his mother because his father is going overseas to Kuwait. Horton will play at Langston Hughes High School this fall.
“I actually grew up with these guys because before I was in South Carolina, I lived in Atlanta,” he previously told BuffStampede.com. “They are really cool, laid back people and we all care about each other. I love my teammates already. I don't have any individual goals for this season, I just want to play for the team. Hopefully we stay healthy and we can come out on top.”
Horton will most likely factor in as an outside linebacker at the next level.