Recruiting: Horton Talks About Picking OSU

Tight end Justin Horton of Henderson, Texas told us he has really been sitting on making his commitment to Oklahoma State. There was the matter of getting his parents to Stillwater to see his future school.

The 6-4, 225-pound Horton returned to football last season and had 26 receptions for 339 yards and a touchdown after not having played since the eighth grade. A week and a half ago he was back in Stillwater, this time with mom and dad.

"I was just waiting on my parents to check it (OSU) out," said Horton. "We were up there a week and a half ago and my parents loved it. They gave me their blessing to do whatever I wanted to do and that is what I wanted.

"I called Coach Wickline first and told him because Coach Gundy was in a meeting. Then Coach Gundy text me to call him and we talked about it and I just did it."

Horton is very athletic and runs in the mid-4.5 range, a physical talent that he showed off in an earlier visit to Oklahoma State when he attended camp there. He has risen in the recruiting charts during the spring and early summer and is easily one of the top five tight end prospects in Texas. After coming back to football following his layoff from the sport he is more than ready to get started with his senior campaign.

"Who wouldn't love it, 100 degree heat and football?" answered Horton. "I can't wait to get started. We open up with the Carthage Bulldogs. I know we are picked to do well but that is on paper. It is easy to be good on paper, but we need to go prove ourselves."

Horton, who was also offered by Nebraska, Houston, Louisiana Tech, and others, said he is solid on his commitment to Oklahoma State and looks forward to a year from now when he is getting ready for his first college season. In the meantime he has some work to attend to in East Texas.

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