With so few scholarship available for the University of Wisconsin in its 2017 recruiting class, linebacker seems like the last position of need, especially considering the overwhelming depth and young talent the staff has recruited the past two seasons.
Then again there aren’t too many linebackers who have the, size, speed and versatility of Fairburn (GA) Langston Hughes senior Malik Horton.
Able to play both inside and outside linebacker at a high level, Horton said his offer from Wisconsin surprised him.
“They really hadn’t been talking to me that long but I guess they had been in my contact with my DB coach,” Horton told BadgerNation. “He’s also our recruiting coordinator, so he told me that I picked up an offer from Wisconsin. I talked it up with (Wisconsin) for a little bit because I was still in school.”
Offered by Justin Wilcox, Horton said his size (6-3, 230 pounds), speed (a 4.56 40-yard dash), athletic and physical play and ability to play anywhere on defense was what stood out to Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator.
“I truly play every down like it’s my last,” Horton said. “I don’t get cocky. I don’t get comfortable, and I just ball out. I play my heart out. I really love the game. I am not out there because my mama made me. I can drop back in coverage, I can blitz off the edge, I can be a d-lineman, linebacker or safety … When a coach needs me to go man-to-man on the blitz, that’s no problem.
“My size and speed can cause a lot of havoc,” he added. “Teams try to double and triple team me and that always leaves another man option. I helped me team out a lot by that.”
Holding 36 scholarship offers, Horton said he has a top seven of Colorado, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He has yet to take official visits but says he definitely wants to take an official to Louisville, Maryland, Michigan and Wisconsin.
“I don’t want to wait that long to commit,” Horton said. “I really would like to commit soon, sooner rather than later.”