"I'm feeling real good about the whole situation," said Horton, standing on the gym floor yesterday amidst a spirited John Curtis student body (not to mention enthusiastic parents there to take in the signing ceremony).
"You know they have the whole school in here watching us. I feel motivated to go there (ULM) and I'm ready to go there just as quick as I can."
ULM was the only program to offer Horton, who proved his mettle in a variety of ways, including games for the national champ Patriots, numerous summer camps, and the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine where he got major accolades from the Scout Recruiting Team.
"It really was a match made in heaven with ULM," he said. "The work they put in and the work I put in - I feel it's a good environment for me to be around.
"And the people that I surround myself with in my life are just like those up there in Monroe, so (college) won't be too much of a shock for me. It'll be just like back home, and I'm just ready to go up there and ball out."
Horton doesn't know for certain if he'll redshirt, but he's getting mentally prepared as if he's the Warhawks' feature back.
"I have a goal of rushing for 500 to 600 yards (this fall)," he said. "I want to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield and get a lot of receiving yards.
"Hopefully I can rush for 10 touchdowns."
What should ULM fans expect from Horton?
"A lot of hard work," he replied. "My thing is, I try to out-work everybody and help make the team better, and also surround myself with guys that are good influences on the team.
"They have a lot of leaders like that, and I just can't wait to get up there to Monroe. I'm really excited."
Horton is happy about his college choice.
"A few schools did show interest after I committed but ULM is just the place for me," he said. "I talked to Coach (Bryan) Applewhite yesterday and then called him again this morning.
"He wanted to make sure I sent in everything to ULM, and he felt really good about it after I told him, 'Yes.' They're probably having a press conference about us (ULM 2013 class) right now."
Horton ran for approximately 1,600 yards over the past two years for Curtis, which didn't lose a game during that span. He averaged 10.47 yards per carry as a senior.
He bench presses a phenomenal 425 pounds (with body weight hovering near 200 lbs.).