"It is better than home"
The following information was revealed during our interview with Alonzo Horton:
Did you make it in for your Ole Miss visit? "My Ole Miss visit was good enough for me to change my decision from Auburn to Ole Miss. I am now an Ole Miss Rebel."
Did anyone come with you on your visit? "I rode up with my friend, Robert Russell. He committed to Ole Miss also. We are both going."
Who was your host for the weekend? "Patrick Willis. That is my boy, man. We like brothers, for real. He is real cool. He came from the same situation, household as me. We both come from the same road. He lived with his grandmother, just like me. He is a real positive person. I am going to move in with him this summer."
What did you learn about Ole Miss during your trip? "It is just a beautiful place. Last year, they had a bad year, but I have seen the people they are bringing in. They are bringing in players who will make an impact next year. We are all impact players. Coach Orgeron is building a gold mine. There is no way I am not going to be a part of it."
What stood out the most about Ole Miss during your trip? "The one thing that stood out to me was their academic meeting. That put in my mind that this is the place for me. Not one time did I want to come home. Everywhere else I had been, I was already ready to get home by the second day. The worst part of the Ole Miss visit was that I had to come home. Man, I can not describe it. It is better than home."
What did Coach Orgeron say to you during your visit? "Me and him, well, we trust each other. He was upfront and honest with me. He told me I have an opportunity to come in and start if I do the right things. I believe in him because of the name and reputation his name brings. He has put Warren Sapp, Davis all kinds of people in the league. He is the best DL coach in America. Who would not want to be put in that kind of situation."
Did your prior relationship with Ole Miss' running back coach, Frank Wilson, play a role in your decision? "That is the thing right now. He did not take me for granted. He never said, hey look, you know I know your grandparents, you, and your coaches, just come with me. I respected that. He just treated me like I was everybody else. But yea, to have someone so close to me and my family already coaching there. That always makes you feel more at home. But even if he were not there, I would still be an Ole Miss Rebel. We are going to win championships while I am there."
Which schools have taken an official visit with? "Ole Miss, Auburn, Michigan State, and Nebraska."
Will you take anymore official visits? "No, I am done. No more visits, no more coaches coming to my house, nothing. I am an Ole Miss Rebel."
Have you spoken to Auburn yet? "My grandmother said that their players and coaches have been calling me all day. They will just have to understand that Ole Miss is a better place for me. I like Auburn, but it is not Ole Miss."
What are your thoughts on so many Louisiana players committing to Ole Miss? "We all know that Coach Orgeron is building a gold mine up there. Ole Miss is not just singing Louisiana players, they are signing the impact players from Louisiana"
Did that help your decision? "I know a lot of the players they committed from here, and I trust them. Your bond is only as good as your trust. So yea, it did help."
Did you get a chance to speak with some of the other recruits who were with you on the visit? "Yea, 3 or 4 of us committed. Robert Russell committed. Jerrell Powe, he is going to sign with Ole Miss too."
Alonzo carries a 2.75 GPA and a 17 on the ACT.
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