"I just moved over to Brownwood from Early High School at Christmas," said Horton, "and I'm learning the new defense here. It's a little different scheme than we used at my previous school. I was able to help the team win the state 7-on-7 championship this summer and I like it a lot at Brownwood.
"I played safety last year at Early, but I'm probably going to be at outside linebacker most of the time this year. The strength coach at Brownwood, who is also the offensive line coach, put me on a diet that's helped me gain muscle. I've put on 15 pounds (up from 190) since I started."
"I like the SMU coaches, especially the linebackers coach (Joe Haering)," Horton said. "They asked me to send my film, but my old school (Early) won't give it to me. They're upset about me transferring to Brownwood.
"I would love to play there at SMU. It would be great. Kevin and I are planning to go see the campus soon and hopefully meet the coaches. We're also thinking about going to the SMU/TCU game."
Horton doesn't have any second thoughts about making the switch from Early to Brownwood.
"That's the greatest move I've ever made," he said. "The team at Brownwood is great and everyone's work ethic is so much better here. The seniors here, such as Derek (Longoria) and Jaxon Shipley, are good leaders. I've never been around 10 other guys on the field who want to win just as much as I do."
As a sophomore, Horton was second on the team in tackles with 85 stops. He also picked off four passes from his strong safety position. Horton expects to be recruited as an outside linebacker, but he's open to any position on defense.
"As long as I get to hit something," he laughed.