January 4, 2012

Horton talks Wake

Temple is the lone FBS program to offer Justin Horton a scholarship, but Wake Forest has stepped into the picture.

Horton said if the Demon Deacons offer he will talk it over with his family, and then choose between them and the Owls. The 6-foot-2 and 210-pound outside linebacker from Clermont, Fla. (Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com) added that he would travel to Winston-Salem for an official visit, but has not been invited up for one.

"I've been visited by Wake Forest, and they've shown a lot of interest," Horton said. "They sent three coaches down; the recruiting coach [Tom Elrod], the [former] linebackers coach [Tim Billings and the DBs coach [Steve Russ] and I've been talking to them."

Wake has sent coaches down to visit Horton on three occasions. Elrod went twice with the most recent trip during East Ridge's run in the state playoffs when he scouted Horton at practice.

"Coach Elrod is the one I talk to the most," Horton said. "Coach Elrod is the one that I have the most relationship with [on Wake's coaching staff]."

Horton tries to stay in weekly contact with coaches from Temple, Wake Forest and Jacksonville University. He has never set foot on Wake or Temple's campus.

"I would preferably like to make a decision after I've taken a visit to both schools, and see what both schools have to offer," Horton said. "I would want see what I would be getting into for four years other than what's behind the computer screen. I've done research on Wake Forest. I do research on all of the schools that take interest in me, and I like Wake Forest. I feel it's a very good school, and it's a place I could see myself going to."

He plans to stay put at outside linebacker at the college level, but has been told he has the size and speed to play safety. Horton said he was timed at a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash.

The Florida product recorded 96 tackles and 10 sacks this season. Horton was a two-way starter at outside linebacker and offensive right guard.

East Ridge finished 9-3, advancing to the regional finals of the state playoffs. That is the furthest East Ridge has gone in postseason play in school history.

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