Who is Julian Horton? Is he a receiver? The next Terrell Owens, or his generation's Randy Moss? Is he a cornerback, a young Champ Bailey or Nnamdi Asomugha?
According to him, he's none of these. “I don't model my game after anyone,” Horton said. “I'm just Julian Horton.”
The Greater Atlanta Christian School's (GA) prospect is a two-way player now, but knows what position he wants to play in college. “I'm being recruited as a receiver, and that's the position I love,” Horton said. “I've also been recruited as a cornerback, but receiver is my real first love and I want to play receiver in college.”
All signs point to him becoming a receiver for Maryland. The Terps, Horton's early favorite, are still one of his top schools after official visits to UCLA and Vanderbilt. He is also looking at Arkansas but hopes to pay a visit to College Park soon.
Maryland- “I have visited before, and I like the campus. Coaches are great. Coach Bratton, my recruiting coordinator, is a great guy. The main thing at Maryland is playing time. I'll be able to make an impact as a receiver and on special teams right away. I'm excited to take my official visit, which will really help my decision.”
Vanderbilt- “The coaches are great, the town is great, the players are great. I took a visit there in the summer and it was awesome. It was a good time. They want me to play cornerback, but I want to play receiver.”
UCLA- “Great school. Took a visit there this summer. It's in LA, can't get much better than LA. If you get bored on campus, you just head out to LA.”
Arkansas- “Bobby Petrino actually got to look at me as a sophomore; he was the first coach to offer. I really like coach Petrino.”
To Horton, team and individual success are equally important. He does not want to be the only good player on a bad team, but at the same time wants to contribute to his team's winning. He wants to play in a balanced offense, and for a coach that cares about the players.
Luckily for Maryland, Horton has been in contact with fellow Norcross native and current Maryland freshman running back D.J. Adams. “D.J. said it's a good school, with a great campus and great coaches and that I need to come to Maryland. He said there are good-looking girls too.”
While finding the right football program is important to Horton, academics are just as big in his decision. “I want a good degree so that if football doesn't work out I can get a good job.”
Horton will commit “when the time is right.” He understands the importance of the decision. “The next 4 or 5 years of my life. That's a big part of my life, so I can't rush this.”
Luckily for Maryland, it looks like Horton wants to spend the next 4 or 5 years as a Terrapin.