Horton Wants to Prove His Worth

With his father being a former Bruin, Shane Horton, the safety prospect from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, has a natural affinity for UCLA and the Pac-10, but he's trying to live down an injury from last season that put his recruiting in the wait-and-see mode...

UCLA is definitely aggressively recruiting the safety position for 2007, but it's not a deep position in Southern California, so the Bruin staff has offered a pair of out-of-state prospects.

But they're still keeping tabs on a local kid, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame safety Shane Horton (6-2, 197), who is still waiting on his first scholarship offer.

"I don't have any offers yet. I injured my shoulder during the season and teams are waiting to watch and see if my shoulder is healed," Horton said. I understand, so I'm not down. But I'll have more motivation for my first few games."

Several colleges have come by the school in the past few weeks, visiting the numerous recruits at Notre Dame. "Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington and Ole Miss have all come by. Oregon State and Arizona, I'm hearing from them. UCLA and USC have not come by but they're still recruiting me," said Horton. "They said they would be coming in the next week."

The two local schools are holding a place in Horton's top five, which is heavy on Pac-10 schools. "Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, Cal and USC are my top five," said Horton, who is the son of former Bruin lineman Myke Horton "It's not in any particular order. I like UCLA, and if they offered, it would be real nice, but I'm not limiting it to one school right now. I want to see everyone, see all of my offers."

Horton is planning to take unofficial trips to Arizona State and Oregon and is scheduled to go to UCLA's 1-Day Camp next month. For the time being, though, Horton is focusing on track.

"We have the CIF Finals this weekend. I'm running the 4x400. All my teammates are practicing for spring football, but I'm still in track. Once I get out there, though, I'll be ready," said Horton. "I'm down to 197. I lost weight for track, but I want to get back to 205."

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

Academically, Horton has a 2.8 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.

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