A big reason why was Washington State secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball.
"They were my top pick of where I really wanted to go," said Horton of Washington State. "(Coach Ball) was a big factor. I'm very excited...and coach Ball was very excited. He said that I made his year."
"With coach Ball, Damante really kind of took to him and has been calling him. Damante is really enthusiastic about getting up there and helping Washington State win some football games...He's a solid verbal," said Oakland High coach Desmond Gumbs.
HORTON BECAME A very hot commodity this spring, said Gumbs, pulling in a number of scholarship offers including ones from Utah, UNLV and others.
"He had 12 other offers, the other Pac-10 school that offered was Arizona State -- he got a lot of attention from a lot of schools and coaches," said Gumbs. "He's a model student, very nice GPA, definitely a qualifier. He's just a hard worker and good student."
Horton is also a model cornerback and football player, says his prep coach.
"He's one of those guys who is all over the field," said Gumbs. "Defensively, he's the top corner in my opinion in this entire area. He's very physical, extremely solid technique as a DB. He had five interceptions returned for touchdowns last year.
A FIRST TEAM all-league selection on defense and offense this past season, Horton led the league in receiving with 37 receptions for 571 yards (15.4 avg) with eight touchdowns. He was second in the league in scoring and also rushed 452 yards on 54 touches, averaging 8.4 yards each time he carried the pigskin.
Although he's put up some crooked scoreboard numbers on offense, he'll be coming to Washington State as a corner.
"He's a special kid -- I think he's probably a guy who can come in and play right away. Very, very smart and a student of the game... And he's one of those guys...he's never late to practice and always the last to leave," said Gumbs.
Horton said he hopes to be able to make it up to Washington State for an unofficial visit sometime this summer.
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