Walk softly, carry a big Bay Area stick

EVEN FOR THOSE who closely follow the recruiting wars, prospects who commit early in the process can then tend to be out of sight, out of mind. But that really shouldn't be the case for guys like Oakland's Damante Horton, future Cougar cornerback.

Damante Horton (5-10.5, 175) had double digit offers before he went crimson, including full rides from Arizona State, Utah and others.

This month, Oregon State and ASU both came by his school to see if he'd come out for an official visit to their respective schools. Horton, who plays as loud on the field as he is soft-spoken off it, has politely declined.

WSU CERTAINLY MADE sure to show him the crimson love during the just-concluded in-home/in-school visitation period, coming by to talk the allowed once per week.

"Coach (Chris) Ball says I'm going to have a good opportunity to come out and play a lot of football and get a good education, and that's what I really want too," said Horton.

Horton was named first team OAL all-city for his work at Oakland High (4-5-1) following the '09 campaign. Stats were unavailable at press time, (and Horton laughed and said he had "no idea" what kind of numbers he put up in '09.)

He's rated three stars and among the Top 20 cornerbacks in the state of California by Scout.com. That's nothing to sneeze at.

Still, one prep coach on the opposite sideline from Horton thinks that's lowballing it.

"He's one of the top 2-3 players period (regardless of position) in the entire Bay Area," said the area coach who asked not to be identified.

CF.C is continuing to work to get film of Horton into evaluator's hands on Scout.com before the final rankings go up mid-January.

Damante Horton profile

Horton also plays the 2 and the 3 spots for Oakland's hoops squad.

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