Horton Hoping For Oregon Offer

Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Tyler Horton talks about one of his dream schools and which program could be the next to offer.

Edison cornerback Tyler Horton is taking a straightforward approach to the recruiting process.

He has been trying to raise his profile on the camp circuit, having recently participated at the Nike Football Training Camp in Los Angeles, the Rivals Camp in Oakland and last weekend's Pylon Elite 7on7 Tournament in Las Vegas.

While there the 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner said that he loved competing against other top prospects from around the country as he tries to make a name for himself amongst a talented crop of defensive backs in 2015.

"I'm trying to get my name where those guys are at," Horton said.

The work appears to be paying off, as he feels Pac-12 programs like Stanford, Washington, Washington State and Arizona could be offering sometime in the near future.

"Stanford is telling me I have to take one of these high AP classes and Washington has to sit through my film, but everything else is ok," Horton said.

Those schools would join Horton's current offer list that includes Nevada, Houston and San Jose State. With each new school that comes into contact, Horton is putting in extra work — whether it's on the field or in the weight room — in an attempt to land an offer.

"Knowing that these schools are actually looking at me shows me that what I've been doing is good, but good isn't good enough," Horton said. "As they call, it's just pushing me harder. When I want to stop, I'm like I need that one last rep to make that difference from an offer to no offer."

Horton is holding out hope that Oregon will offer. The three-star prospect called them one of his dream schools and after the end of last season he ran into Ducks running backs coach Gary Campbell at his school and introduced himself.

Although Horton admits there hasn't been much progress since then, he loves the way the Ducks operate on the field and wants to get to know the program better.

"Even though I'm a defensive player, I just like the atmosphere," Horton said. "From the television it looks like there's a great chemistry on that team."

Horton does have a connection to Oregon. His cousin is Cliff Harris, the talented yet controversial cornerback that helped the Ducks reach the National Championship game during the 2010 season, before a series of run-ins with the law resulted in his dismissal from the team.

According to Horton, Harris has been complimentary of the Ducks during their discussions and has even been advising him not to make the same mistakes he did while in college and take advantage of the opportunity given to him.

"He was telling me that he loved it out there," Horton said. "Even though he went through his trials like everybody goes through, he said it's great. He's telling me it's a good school and a good fit."

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