Horton to commit soon

Area linebacker Nick Horton has SMU at the top of his list and is closing in on a decision

SMU's next commit may very well be Garland (TX) linebacker Nick Horton. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder was on the Hilltop for an unofficial visit this past Friday and was simply blown away.

"I really liked learning all about the SMU tradition," Horton said. "I was happy I got to see all the athletic facilities. They were really nice. The campus was great too."

Horton said he definitely thought about committing long and hard but ultimately decided to wait in order to discuss everything with his father, who was unable to attend.

"I really did think about committing, but I wanted to talk to my dad first since he wasn't able to come," he said. "I just want to talk things over with him."

However, Horton said he would make his decision by early this week. He currently holds three other offers and only UTSA is stopping SMU from being the lone program on his short list.

"SMU is definitely number one right now," Horton said. "They have so much to offer academically. The closest school to SMU is UTSA. I really like their coaching staff and liked everything on my visit this spring especially the Alamodome."

But Horton believes he would be a better fit in SMU's 3-4 scheme, which will allow him to play outside linebacker rather than defensive end.

"The biggest difference between the two schools is the scheme. UTSA wants me to play down at defensive end, but the coaches at SMU have been telling me that I'll be playing outside linebacker," he said. "They said I could help the team a lot in the future. I prefer standing up and playing outside."

Horton becoming a Mustang now seems like a mere formality. It's just a matter of when he decides to pull that trigger.

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