Horton Has Big Game on TV

If you watched FSN Prime Ticket's High School Football Game of the Week Friday, you saw Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's safety Shane Horton have a great performance. Being one of those guys waiting for scholarship offers, Horton told us about how his recruitment has changed...

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame safety Shane Horton (6-2, 195) has been told over and over that the first three games of his senior season will go a long way in determining who offers him a scholarship.

If his first game is any indication, Horton (6-2, 195) may not need to wait that long. Following a stellar performance in the Knights 18-17 win over Canyon, in which he had two interceptions and made numerous play on both sides of the ball, Horton said that the interest is beginning to pick up.

"I've gotten a lot of calls and a lot of letters, text messages and all that good stuff," said Horton. "Most of the Pac-10 schools said they wanted to wait for the first three games to determine whether to offer."

Horton's lone offer is from Ohio ("our linebacker coach knows a coach from out there and they saw my film and offered me") but several schools in the West have been staying in touch with him.

"UNLV, Boise State, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, San Diego State and Washington have all been in contact," said Horton. "I haven't talked too much to USC but I was at their Junior Day and I talk to Cary (Harris) and Garrett (Green) all the time. They've been a big help for me to talk to about the process."

Horton said that aside from Ohio, UNLV and San Diego State were recruiting him the hardest. And he prefers to stay out west. "It would really depend on what school it was if it was out of state, but I want to stay out west, and hopefully stay in the Pac-10," said Horton.

A two-way threat, Horton also plays receiver for the Knights, but he said he's mostly being recruited as a safety, though some schools like him as an athlete. "A few schools talk to me as a corner, some as a receiver but most at safety," said Horton. "It doesn't matter to me, I'll play whatever position."

Horton's younger brother, Wes, is a rising prospect in the class of 2008, and Shane said his decision will be affected partly by his brother. "He's a year behind me and he has the potential to go wherever he wants, but he has a say so," said Horton. "That's part of my college decision that we want to stay together, play ball together, so we'll discuss that."

Horton's father, Myke, was a guard for the Bruins in the 1970s, and Horton said previously taht he and his brother grew up Bruin fans.

He's yet to set up an official visit, but plans to take all five. With the Knights' win over Canyon, the State Championship game doesn't seem as much of a longshot anymore, and Horton said he would wait to take his visits when his season was done.

"I don't have the official visits set up yet, but I know I want to take all five," said Horton. "I'm not going to rush into anything. Right now, my number one priority is my team. One of my main goals as a captain is for us to win some ballgames and take care of my team first. If I play good, the offers will come, but my team comes first."

This week, the Knights play Lynwood, then face City Section school Birmingham of Van Nuys.

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

Academically, Horton has a 2.8 GPA and took the SAT in the spring.


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