Horton Has Options

Damion Horton

Underappreciated would be a good word to describe Damion Horton. With 15 interceptions in two seasons, he has been one of the best athletes in the state. Although he hasn't gotten a ton of press, that hasn't stopped schools from coming after him.

Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills was one of the surprise teams in the state this year. They went 7-2 in the regular season only losing to East Grand Rapids and Detroit Country Day, who both went to Ford Field.

A big reason for their success was WR/CB Damion Horton.

"Our overall record was good, we lost three games (the third was a playoff loss to Muskegon), but we had a small team who played hard, we just fell a little short."

Horton was an All-City performer as a junior when he nabbed eight interceptions and he followed that up with seven as a senior. He also added 780 all-purpose yards and 11 total touchdowns on offense.

That production and 4.5 speed has a number of schools interested in the 5'10, 185-lb Horton.

"I'm being recruited by Grand Valley State, Bowling Green, Iowa, Nebraska, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Nebraska," he said, "I don't have any offers yet, they're just recruiting me."

The Lakers of GVSU have had Horton on campus twice, once for camp and again for an unofficial visit and althought they are the one D2 school on his list, he has come away impressed with the the program.

"I went to the Findlay game," he said of GV, "They're the greatest D2 school, so you can't go wrong with that. They're a pretty high class school, they have great facilities, a top notch campus and they're still working on it. When I was at camp, they were building new stuff, so that's good. They have a pretty good team, I like their defense."

In Ottawa Hills' playoff matchup with Muskegon, Horton got a chance to measure his skills when he went one on one with the Big Reds' star wideout Corey Johnson.

"It was good, because I knew he was one of the best receivers, but it motivated me more. He had one catch on my side for a touchdown and I broke up one pass. But I had two touchdowns that game on him."

Horton isn't the only player from Ottawa Hills to have a college future though. OT Derek Allen and RB Phillip Mayberry are two other standouts and it is possible the three will stick together.

"Our AD talked to us about it, he asked how we feel about going to the same school and that would be great. But if we don't, we'll make the best of where we are."

"Derek's being recruited by CMU and Western," Horton continued, "and Phil's got Michigan State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, those are the schools recruiting both of us."

With all those options, you may think Horton would be ready to make a decision and relieve himself of the recruiting rigors, but he is a patient young man.

"I think I'm going to go with the flow, wait it out because I have good options right now.

Look for video highlights of Horton, Mayberry and Allen up in the next couple weeks.

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