Horton Has Terps As Clear Favorites

Horton Has Terps As Clear Favorites

2010 WR/DB prospect Julian Horton (Georgia) becomes increasingly closer to committing...to who?

Turtle Sports Report was contacted on Saturday by Georgia wide receiver/defensive back prospect Julian Horton. Horton informed TSR how “interested” he was in Maryland, and that he could eventually see himself wearing the red, white and black. We spoke with him this evening on the recruiting process and his overall feel on the Terps.

Horton is a 6-foot-1, 185 pound two-way player who goes to Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia. He told Scout that the recruiting process is going real well but has slowed down a bit since he has named his favorites. A lot of colleges are still showing interest, but not as much as before.

“This has all been a blessing and I cannot do anything but give thanks to GOD,” Horton said. “This is a dream come true and with GOD's help I am doing it. I am very blessed to have the opportunity to play college football. There are a lot of people that work hard or have talent that do not get the opportunity.”

Other than Maryland, Horton states his favorites as Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State as a close two and three.

Oklahoma State- They have a beautiful campus and the coaching staff is great. Their offense is extremely exciting and would be fun to be a part of.

Vanderbilt- Vanderbilt is a right up there with Maryland and a very close second place. The problem is, they want Horton to play cornerback and he wants to play receiver.

Maryland- I like their coaching staff. The coaches are real, Coach Bratton especially. Their campus is beautiful and their academics are very strong.

Horton actually never thought about Maryland until after Norcross native and current freshman D.J. Adams decided to become a Terrapin.

“First D.J. started talking to me about how nice Maryland was and then Coach Bratton came to school to watch practice one day and talked to me about Maryland,” he said. “Coach Hull (wide receivers coach), then came down and talked to me more in-depth about Maryland, the academics, and the potential for playing early.”

“Coach Bratton keeps following up on me and showing me love, so I have to show love back.”

Horton plans on majoring in communications and sees himself one day being a sports commentator.

Recruiting can often times be a very tumultuous process for those recruits that do not have a list of factors that they are looking for in a program, but Horton knows exactly what he is looking for.

“Playing time is huge,” he stated. “I do not want to go somewhere and sit (on) the bench. A lot of people asked my why I did not want to go to a school like Alabama. They recruit so many players at each position and I do not want to wait three years to see the field. Maryland did not sign any receivers in 2009 and Coach Bratton told me that I would have the opportunity to earn playing time right away.”

Horton is going to be taking an official visit September 18-20th to watch the Terps take on Middle Tennessee State. There could be a potential commitment that weekend if all goes well.

The Terps run a pro style offense, which fits in well with what Horton likes to run.

“I can play on a team that runs pro-style, spread, anything that gets the ball in my hands. I am a playmaker. I have great speed, I have good hands and I am a really good route-runner. I think I do a very good job of getting off the line”

Horton has spent this off-season working on his speed, strength, and his hand-eye coordination. He said he recently ran a 4.38 forty yard dash and looks to translate that speed to Byrd Stadium.

TSR spoke with Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons about Horton and here was his evaluation:

“Julian is just a gifted athlete that stars on the football field and basketball court for Greater Atlanta Christian. Football is definitely where his future is though. He is a physical player with great body control and strong hands. He could play wide receiver or safety on the next level. He does not have blazing speed, but he knows how to position himself to make the catch on the offensive end and he is a physical player on the defensive side. The thing I like most about Horton is his competitiveness and how is always competing. He hates to lose, he gives it his all, and his best football is ahead of him.”

This year, Horton said he expects his Greater Atlanta Christian School team to defy the naysayers who do not think that they will be very good this year. They lost linebacker Shane Mularkey (UNC) and Blake Southerland (Vanderbilt) this year however, Horton says that they are, “fighting as one, whereas it seemed that last year many of the players did not care whether we won or lost.”

“Our team is more unified than last year. We have a new quarterback (Bo Hebert) and I think we are going to really surprise people this year.”

Horton has a 2.7 GPA and 900 SAT

When TSR asked Julian if he wanted to tell the fans anything he had just two words:

“GO TERPS!!!”

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