November 26, 2007

Horton no longer committed to Rebels

Ole Miss lost a commitment Monday afternoon when Northwest Community College defensive tackle Alonzo Horton decided to go a different direction.

Horton said that main reason he had committed to Ole Miss was Ed Orgeron and Frank Wilson, since Orgeron has been fired, that makes things entirely different for the standout defender.

When asked if he was still committed to Ole Miss, Horton responded with a quick reply.

"No I'm not," Horton said. "Right now I'm really confused. This really came out of the blue. I expected Orgeron and staff to have at least one more year."

During Orgeron's first recruiting class in 2005, Auburn commitment Horton, a four-star linebacker from Louisiana dropped his commitment to the Tigers after an official visit to Oxford. Two days later, he recommitted to the Tigers and signed with them.

Horton shuffled back and forth at defensive end and linebacker in his two years on the Plains. After a redshirt year in 2005, he played in nine games in 2006 totaling three tackles.

Horton signed with Auburn in 2005 out of Abramson High School in New Orleans, La. and was one of the top signees in the class. Rivals.com ranked Horton the No. 9 overall player in the state of Louisiana and the No. 22 outside linebacker in the country.

Horton left Auburn this spring and reportedly signed with Jackson State, but ended up this fall at Northwest C.C. in Senatobia, Miss.

Horton thought next year was going to be the year for Ole Miss.

"I was totally shocked," Horton said. "I really thought next year was going to be the year for the Rebels. I was looking forward to getting there and helping change the program around."

Horton is now looking at several other schools including Memphis and Southern Mississippi.


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