Catching up with USC Commitment

USC defensive end commit Wes Horton led Notre Dame High School to an impressive 17-7 win over the defending state champion Canyon Cowboys Friday night. SCPlaybook's Kevin Carden interviewed Horton after his impressive performance.

Wes Horton played both defensive tackle and left guard for Notre Dame. Horton had two sacks and forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for Notre Dame. SCPlayBook caught up with Horton after the game.

While Wes Horton was the first defensive lineman to commit to USC in the 2008 class, he hasn't always been a fan of the Trojans. Horton's father, Myke, played for Dick Vermeil at UCLA in the seventies.

"I've been a Bruin fan all my life," Horton said. "But when I went to USC's Junior Day, the coaches were just crazy. Their tempo and how they got after things, I just wanted to be apart of something like that."

After Horton made his decision to commit to USC, he knew he had to convince his father that it was the right choice.

"At first he wasn't to cool with it. But then he went down to USC with me and saw what they were all about and said 'hey why not'?" Horton said.

The opportunity to stay in California and compete for a national championship every year was too much for Horton to pass up.

"Being forty-five minutes from my house that was a big deal, and the chance to play for the number one team in the nation," Horton said. "There were a ton of factors but those were the two that it boiled down to."

Even though Horton is playing defensive tackle this year for Notre Dame High School he plans on playing defensive end when he becomes a Trojan.

"Coach Holt came down to our school and told me they have a big need for defensive ends. They are losing a couple of guys like Lawrence Jackson," Horton said. "I'll be strictly strong-side defensive end."

Listed at 6-5, 236 lbs. with good speed off the edge, Wes Horton is an ideal defensive end prospect. Horton explains that his closing speed is his best attribute. "Once I see the quarterback in my vision I just take off," said Horton.

Trojan fans are hoping that his career will take off when he joins the Trojans in 2008.





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