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The Swamp was full of top prospects  on Saturday as the Gators hosted their annual Orange and Blue game including a few players from the Peach state.

One prospect from Georgia that was in town was offensive lineman Michael Horton (6-4, 320, Atlanta, GA Lakeside) and he enjoyed his second visit to Florida.

“It was good, pretty good time down there,” Horton said. “I got to watch the scrimmage and talk to all of the coaches. I also got to hang out with some of the players and also see the facilities around there. This was my second time on campus and I really liked it again.”

One thing that stood out to Horton during his visit to Gainesville were the fans and the atmosphere they created around town.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere around town and around the campus,” Horton said. “I like that the fans are behind the team and I like that they are loyal fans. They really support their team and the school.”

This was Horton’s first opportunity to see Kurt Roper’s offense in person and he left with a good impression of the Gators’ offense.

“The offense was good and they ran the ball a good bit which means I have a job to do on offense,” Horton said. “They were a balanced offense and they threw the ball more during the game then they did last year. I like the spread offense a lot.”

The Georgia native also got to talk with offensive line coach Mike Summers again and the veteran line coach had a message for Horton.

“Coach [Mike] Summers just tells me that they really want me and that I have a great opportunity because they are graduating a lot of players,” Horton said. “Coach Summers is a good man though and he left a good impression on me so far. He always explains to me the opportunity that I have at Florida and that he wants to find 5-6 linemen this year.”

When Horton finished meeting with Summers he had the chance to meet with Will Muschamp who talked to him about the Gators’ interest in him.

“Coach Muschamp is a really cool guy and he was really expressing to me about how they want me,” Horton said. “He was going over the things in the offense and was going over the school with me. He was just really explaining things to me.”

After his second visit to Florida the Atlanta lineman says he has a high interest in the Gators but he isn’t ready to name a leader just yet.

“I will probably be able to tell you a leader after my spring football is over,” Horton said. “Right now I can’t really say. I will say that Florida is high on my list and I like them a lot and I’m considering them a lot.”

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Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

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The Swamp was full of top prospects  on Saturday as the Gators hosted their annual Orange and Blue game including a few players from the Peach state.

One prospect from Georgia that was in town was offensive lineman Michael Horton (6-4, 320, Atlanta, GA Lakeside) and he enjoyed his second visit to Florida.

“It was good, pretty good time down there,” Horton said. “I got to watch the scrimmage and talk to all of the coaches. I also got to hang out with some of the players and also see the facilities around there. This was my second time on campus and I really liked it again.”

One thing that stood out to Horton during his visit to Gainesville were the fans and the atmosphere they created around town.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere around town and around the campus,” Horton said. “I like that the fans are behind the team and I like that they are loyal fans. They really support their team and the school.”

This was Horton’s first opportunity to see Kurt Roper’s offense in person and he left with a good impression of the Gators’ offense.

“The offense was good and they ran the ball a good bit which means I have a job to do on offense,” Horton said. “They were a balanced offense and they threw the ball more during the game then they did last year. I like the spread offense a lot.”

The Georgia native also got to talk with offensive line coach Mike Summers again and the veteran line coach had a message for Horton.

“Coach [Mike] Summers just tells me that they really want me and that I have a great opportunity because they are graduating a lot of players,” Horton said. “Coach Summers is a good man though and he left a good impression on me so far. He always explains to me the opportunity that I have at Florida and that he wants to find 5-6 linemen this year.”

When Horton finished meeting with Summers he had the chance to meet with Will Muschamp who talked to him about the Gators’ interest in him.

“Coach Muschamp is a really cool guy and he was really expressing to me about how they want me,” Horton said. “He was going over the things in the offense and was going over the school with me. He was just really explaining things to me.”

After his second visit to Florida the Atlanta lineman says he has a high interest in the Gators but he isn’t ready to name a leader just yet.

“I will probably be able to tell you a leader after my spring football is over,” Horton said. “Right now I can’t really say. I will say that Florida is high on my list and I like them a lot and I’m considering them a lot.”

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