Lousiana Safety Still Positive

The safety prospect from Louisiana, <b>Chris Horton</b>, took an official visit to UCLA last weekend, and tells us how it all happened -- the trip, and the news. How does he feel now?

Chris Horton, 6-2, 190, 4.48, New Orleans (LA) De La Salle, spent the past weekend visiting UCLA and came away impressed with the campus as well as the football program.


With freshman linebacker Justin London hosting Horton, the Lousiana safety prospect said,  "The trip was great. It was really nice."


Horton went over the events of the trip with us. "I came in last Thursday night, but we really didn't do much Thursday night. You can say the trip really started on Friday morning. I stayed at the Century Plaza Thursday night. That is a real nice hotel. Friday I toured the campus and met the coaches. Me and coach (Phil) Snow talked for a while. I think he is a real good coach. I really like him. I also met the academic counselors. We went with the team to a theater in Westwood to see the new James Bond movie. That night we stayed at the Ritz in Pasadena. That was another real nice hotel. I even got lost in there."


Then it was off to the Rose Bowl on Saturday. "I went to the game and it was a tough loss, but I really like the Rose Bowl. It was the first time I had ever been there. It is so big. I also got to go down into the locker room, and that was very nice. The two other recruits and I went out Saturday night with our hosts and some of the players. They definitely showed us a good time when we were out there. I got to stay in the Century Plaza again Saturday night. Then on Sunday morning after breakfast I headed back home."


As reported earlier by BRO, Horton is originally from Southern California and still has family here. "My aunt came over to the hotel to see me. She brought me a UCLA jersey. It was funny. I haven't worn it yet. When I got home my older brother grabbed it and said he was going to wear it."


When Horton got home and read the newspapers from the weekend he realized the coaching situation could be changing. "When I got back home I picked up the papers. It said if Bob Toledo didn't win the Washington State game it was going to cost him his job, so I realized he was going to be in some bad stuff now."


UCLA contacted Horton on Monday night. "I spoke to coach (R. Todd) Littlejohn. I asked him if it would affect us (players with offers). He said no because he spoke with the athletic director and he was told that the scholarship offers would all be honored for those players who had taken their visits to UCLA."


Asked if the firing of Toledo affected his interest in UCLA, Horton said, "Not in a big, big way. It is something to think about. I certainly would like to know who the new head coach would be well before signing day. I would like to talk with him, and I am sure that every other kid who wants to go to UCLA would want to. I'm not going to go there just for the head coach. I really liked the school, so I don't think whomever they bring in will have a lot to do with my decision."


Horton has three more trips scheduled after New Years. "I go to Arkansas on January 10. Then I am going to Tulane on January 17 and right after that I am going to Clemson on January 19, since we don't have school on that Monday (Martin Luther King Day)."


On the season Horton had 86 solo tackles, 31 assists, four sacks, 12 caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one hurry, 21 caught behind the line, one interception and four pass breakups. He has offers from both UCLA and Tulane. Horton said he has no favorite school is wide open right now.

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