Vandy LB target Malik Horton: "I came from nothing"

Derek Mason and his staff recently offered Langston Hughes high school (Atlanta, Ga.) linebacker Malik Horton. interviewed this talented prospect and he had some interesting things to say.

Malik Horton

VM: When you were offered by Vandy, were you visiting there or somewhere else?

MH: No I've just been in contact with Coach Marve a lot this summer I was actually just getting home from training

VM: So Coach Marve called you and told you you had an offer?

MH: Yes sir.

VM: Do you plan on visiting Vanderbilt?

MH: Yes sir, during the season.

VM: What positions do you play for your high school?  

MH: OLB/WR/RB. Just started playing RB & WR this summer.

VM: What position is Vandy wanting you for?

MH: Outside linebacker or possibly strong safety.

VM: What are some things you believe makes you a great player?

MH: First things first, I came from nothing so I cherish everything. I put all my faith in God and go all out on that field. I'm a great communicator. I am extremely mobile. I'm 6-foot-3, I run a 4.56 and can play OLB and SS. I can blitz off the edge, play man-to-man, back into coverage, make impact plays, open field tackles. & Every time I touch the ball I try to take it to the house. I am very coachable.

VM: Can you describe one play you made during your junior season that really helped your team?

MH: I'll do two. Last year our teammate got injured and it crushed everybody, because he is paralyzed to this day. No one was really feeling football after that because emotionally we were still not up to par. It was the first play of the game after our teammate Mark was injured and I made a huge hit, tackling the guy into the sidelines and I threw up "M5" for my Brother Mark. After that, everybody was ready to play!! Then in another game our team started off slow so I recovered a fumble and then ran for a good 30 yards, cut across the field for another 25 yards, scored and "dabbed" in the end zone. We were all pumped up.

VM: What are some of the things you like about Vanderbilt?

MH: I like how they care about their players, not just football wise but also academically and as a person. Overall, people sleep on them so they also play with a chip on their shoulder.

VM: What are your impressions of Chris Marve, the VU linebacker's coach?

MH: Great guy, he always keeps it real with me and I feel like he can help me perfect my craft.

VM: What other schools do you plan to visit?

MH: Maryland and Colorado as of now.

VM: Can you tell me how many tackles, sacks, TFL, INTs, forced fumbles, etc., that you had last season?

MH: 150 tackles, two TDs, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and five passes broken up.

VM: Did you get any like all-district, all-region or anything like that after your junior year?

MH: All-District.

VM: Is there some NFL player that you think your playing style is similar to?

MH: Sean Taylor and Von Miller.

VM: What schools do you feel are at the top of your list?

MH: Maryland, Colorado, Vandy, Louisville and West Virginia.

VM: Has Louisville and West Virginia offered you?

MH: Yes, both have offered.

VM: When do you plan to make your decision?

MH: Between now and October 31st.

VM: Malik, that'll be the last question. I appreciate so much you taking the time to answer all the questions. I think you are an exceptional young man who has a great future ahead of you. God bless!

MH: Thank you so much my guy. Thank you, I appreciate you a lot. God Bless and be safe out here.

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