Horton has the Florida Gators standing out in his recruitment

The Florida Gators are in the middle of spring practice but the coaching staff is also still holding virtual visits with prospects on a nightly basis.

2022 receiver Isaiah Horton (6-3, 190, Murfreesboro, TN. Oakland) will be taking one of those visits this coming week as he talks to the Gators a lot.

“Things are going well with Florida,” Horton said. “I talk to Florida almost every day, I usually talk to Coach [Gonzales] and I’m taking a virtual visit with them on Tuesday.”

Horton has been doing some research on the Gators and head coach Dan Mullen before the visit and he likes how the offense is run in Gainesville.

“Just how Coach Mullen runs the offense, how the offense throws the ball, I think I can fit into their offense,” he said on what he likes about Florida from what he knows so far. “I feel like I can be developed by Coach Gonzales as a receiver.”

Receivers coach Billy Gonzales has explained to Horton how the Gators would use him and all of the other receivers in the offense.

“He said he’s just going to put me in a position to get the ball and that’s what his offense does for every receiver,” Horton said on the message from Gonzales. “It doesn’t really matter where I’m at on the field, I’ll be in a position to make plays for them. I will mostly be focused on the outside receiver.”

Horton has taken notice of how many receivers the Gators have had drafted the last few years, plus the ones who should be drafted early this year.

“It does, especially how they have Kyle Pitts and [Kadarius] Toney projected to go in the first round this year,” he said on if Florida’s recent history with receivers catches his eye. “I know that Coach Billy Gonzales and Coach Mullen helped them get to there.”

Last week, Horton named a top four of Alabama, Florida, Miami, and Tennessee and he says one school is standing out to him.

“Florida is standing out,” Horton said on if any team was standing out from his top four. “How hard they’re recruiting me, plus I’ve always wanted to play at Florida. Florida and Miami are the areas that I’ve always loved since I was a kid.”

The news of the dead period being pushed back even longer has forced Horton to move back his decision date.

“I was going planning on committing in early March or April but now it’s going to be pushed back a little bit,” he said when he wants to decide. “I’m going to be committing before the season starts, I’m probably going to take some visits on my own and then wait until they let us come on campus.

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.