Horton details his special day

Offensive/defensive lineman Michael Horton (6-4, 320, Atlanta, GA Lakeside) committed to the Florida Gators two weeks ago and Gator Country caught up with him to see how these last few weeks have been for him. “Everything has been great since I committed,” Horton said. “I’m loving it and I’m just staying in contact with the coaches at Florida. Florida is showing me a lot of love right now.” Horton is a very quite person and that has kept him as a low profile recruit.Despite not having the fanfare that some other commits have had, Horton still enjoyed his commitment and and the feeling of having his future plans locked in. “It was a very big and special moment in my life,” Horton said. “It’s big because it’s a very important step in my life because I’m choosing where I’m going to college and where I’m spending the next three to four years of my life at. It’s really an indescribable feeling that I had when I committed to Florida.” The two-way athlete called Will Muschamp early on that July 31st day to tell him that he was a Gator and the coaches’ reaction was something that put a smile on Horton’s face. “When I told Coach Muschamp that I was going to be a Gator he was happy,” Horton said. “He, Coach [Brad] Lawing and Coach [Mike] Summers were all showing me a lot of love and they were happy that I was a Gator now and that they were going to be able to coach me in college.” Now that Horton has committed to the Florida Gators things are still going very well between the two. “Really all of the coaches at Florida show me love,” Horton said. “All of the coaches write me letters and talk to me on Twitter and stuff. It’s a good feeling to have.” There is still one more decision for Horton and that’s what position he wants to play his college ball at. “Coach Muschamp is telling me that I need to choose which side of the ball I’m going to play on,” Horton said. “I don’t have a preference but I want to get down there and talk to everyone and then make a decision of which side of the ball I’m going to play on.” Just one day after Horton made his pledge to Florida his best friend Adonis Thomas committed to the Gators and that’s something that Horton is grateful for. “I’m just really glad that the cards fell in place and the pieces came together for us,” Horton said. “I wasn’t really sure at first that we would be able to play together but I’m glad that we are going to get to play together again since we’ve been playing with each other since middle school. Adonis is a good player and one of my best friends.” With Horton in the class already he has big expectations put on him as other members of the class are big recruiters and that’s something Horton plans to start doing. “I haven’t really been recruiting that much, that’s the other guys,” Horton said. “That’s Tyler Jordan and Mad Dog [George Brown] they are the ones recruiting on Twitter all the time. They are the ones that have all of the connections but I’m going to start recruiting Roquan [Smith].” Next up for Horton is a few trips down to see his future teammates and coaches in action and he hopes that will come soon. “I want to get down for a practice but I’m not sure if I’m going to make it down since school has started,” Horton said. “I’ll definitely be down for some games this fall. I’m not real sure of which ones just yet.”   Stay tuned to Gator Country for all the latest in Florida Gator recruiting news.

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Andrew Spivey
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.