'13 Intro: John Curtis RB Tevin Horton

A few years ago, John Curtis powered its way to consecutive state titles behind the running of Kenny Cain, who employed a highly-effective blend of power and speed. Now, the Patriots have another young back with a similar skill set in junior Tevin Horton...

"My goal this year is to lead my team to victory," said Tevin Horton, the junior running back from John Curtis. "I would like to rush for over 1,000 yards and at least 10 touchdowns.

"We have a total package in the backfield with Sherman Badie and myself. Our junior class, which includes Sherman, could be one of the best recruiting classes to come through Curtis.

"We're preparing for any outcome, staying focused and staying humble."

Horton will enjoy running behind an enormous offensive line that includes classmates Brandon Godfrey and Anthony Taylor.

"Anthony is one of the biggest guys you'll see at 6-foot-5 and around 320 pounds," said Horton. "He's very physical. He can play with (at) that size. We have a competitive, nice offensive line."

Horton, who was a member of Curtis' state championship track and field team, finished 7th in the state in the 200 meters as a sophomore. Moreover, he ran a leg on the 4th place 4 X 100 relay team.

At this year's New Orleans Under Armour Combine, Horton was electronically timed at 4.60 in the 40-yard dash.

He's getting mail from Oregon, Mississippi State, SMU and Houston. He'd like to hear from Miami and Texas A&M.

"I like Texas A&M because when the players come back from visiting College Station, they always talk about how much they enjoyed it," said Horton. "They get treated well there."

Horton is from LaPlace, Louisiana, the same area that produced current Aggies Floyd Raven, Patrick Lewis and A&M commit Darion Monroe.

In fact, Horton will face his River Parish acquaintances - including Monroe and DT Gerron Borne - when Curtis clashes with East St. John early in the season.

Horton patterns his game after Noel Devine, Edgerrin James and Clinton Portis.

"I watch highlight videos of those guys and it motivates me," he said. "I watch what they do and work on changing my running style so I can keep improving."

Last year, Horton averaged 7.67 yards per carry in a limited role that will expand greatly in 2011.

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