Safety Prospect Shane Horton

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame safety Shane Horton, the son of a former UCLA lineman, has several schools after him, but his father's alma mater tops the list

The 1974 UCLA Football team is prominent in the Class of 2007. The son of three Bruin offensive players are prominent recruits in this class. Two that have been mentioned are running back Marc Tyler (son of Wendell) and offensive tackle Sam DeMartinis (son of Jack).

The third member of that group is Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame safety Shane Horton (6-2, 195).

"I grew up going to UCLA games and I've been watching them my whole life," said Horton, who father Myke was a guard for the Bruins, lining up next to DeMartinis, whose son is a teammate of Horton's at Notre Dame.

Though Horton has no offers yet, the Bruins have been showing a strong amount of interest and are his top school.

"UCLA has been my favorite school all my childhood. If they offered, it would be awesome. I'm not sure I'd commit on the spot, but it would really make me think," said Horton.

Aside from UCLA, Horton is hearing from Oregon, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, BYU, Cal, Washington and Arizona State.

"Most schools are recruiting me as an athlete. I could play receiver of safety. I'd play both, though I'd kind of rather play safety," said Horton.

Horton has started in the Knights' secondary for the past two seasons, spending his sophomore year at corner opposite Cary Harris (who signed at USC) and last season playing strong safety. The past two seasons he has racked up five interceptions. He'll once again play safety in the fall, while also doubling at receiver. Considered a big hitter, Horton has been called by Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney an "excellent tackler on defense and a very, very tough player who played through injuries all through his junior season, never letting up."

During his junior year, Horton had 35 catches for 610 yards and four touchdowns in Notre Dame's 13-1, Division III runner-up season.

Horton said he plans to attend the Scout.com Combine in the spring as well as team camps at UCLA, USC and Notre Dame.

He said he hasn't thought about a timetable yet on making a decision.

"If I know early on, then I could commit, but if it takes me until Signing Day, I'll wait. I would like to take my five official visits though," said Horton.

Academically, Horton said he was around a 3.3 and would take the SAT this spring.


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