Recruiting can be a tough business. After a 4-8 season where the future of your head coach is questioned, there’s a lot of negative recruiting headed your direction. After a rash of recent decommitments, Florida looks to be back on track. Thursday, the Gators received a pledge from huge offensive lineman Mike Horton. Rivals’ Woody Wommack first reported his commitment and Horton took to the twitterverse to show his excitement.
— Mike Horton (@big_mike247) July 31, 2014
Horton is a big 6-4, 320 pound offensive lineman hailing from Lakeside High School in Atlanta. Although his size at this time is consistent with SEC offensive lineman, he might have to shed some baby fat and work on his conditioning before he gets to play for Florida. Horton does what’s expected of a big offensive lineman, and that’s move people out of the way.
According to 247Sports composite ratings, Horton is a three-star prospect, ranked as the 60th OT, 49th player in the talent-rich state of Georgia, and the 515th overall player of the 2015 recruiting cycle. He chose Florida over Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama, among others. Horton joins Tyler Jordan and George Brown, Jr. as offensive line commits for this years class. Jordan seemed pretty excited about the pickup.
— Tyler Jordan#71 (@tyjordan58) July 31, 2014
There’s still room to make that “Great Wall of Florida” impenetrable, with Martez Ivey, the consensus best offensive lineman still on the board. He’ll likely choose between Florida and Auburn. Horton is the ninth commitment of the 2015 class for the Gators. The class could grow by one more as LB Adonis Thomas, also from the Atlanta area, will commit Friday night at 6:30. He’s choosing between Alabama and Florida.