Part III - Recruiting DeSoto High

In the final part of this series we talk recruiting with defensive end/linebacker Donald Horton, who has K-State in his top two so far.

Donald Horton said Kansas State and Oklahoma will get visits in the fall.

The others on the outside looking in and vying for his other three visits are Oklahoma State, Texas, Miami, and Baylor.

However, Baylor is the only school to have offered this defensive end/linebacker from DeSoto, Texas so far.

Horton plays nose tackle in high school, but only because of his size. This season he's hoping there is a switch to defensive end on a more full-time basis, considering he's 6-foot-1 and 248 pounds.

His childhood favorite has always been the Hurricanes, but he doesn't foresee a scholarship offer coming down the pike. Horton was encouraged to visit this spring for Miami's annual spring game.

"They know how to find talent there," he said. "Just to be offered a scholarship there says a lot, but I don't think they'll offer me. Who knows? It's still early now, but that's where I've always wanted to be."

As far as K-State fits in his picture Horton said, "They seem to be pretty interested in me. Coach (Bob) Elliott and my coach have talked a little and they like me at defensive end and maybe to get me to 280 in the future, but that they don't care about my size a whole lot because they've had smaller, undersized guys before who have done well," he added.

For what its worth, Horton's coach is former Garden City (Kan.) High head coach Dave Meadows.

Horton, who had 66 tackles and one sack last season, said he hopes to make his decision somewhat early next fall, but also said he doesn't want to miss out on opportunities by committing too early and doesn't want to be left out by staying available too long.

Because Horton is involved in summer track he'll be unable to take part in any camps this summer, but said he intends to throw discuss and shot-put in college too. Horton is scheduled to take his first ACT in June and wants to major in structural engineering wherever he goes.


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