There's no question Edison High is one of the most talent-rich schools in the Central Section and every year the Tigers send a new set of kids off to play college football.
2014 won't be any different as second-year coach Matt Johnson has a stable of elite athletes -- including Tyler Horton, who has positioned himself as one of the section's premier players heading into next fall. Horton has good size at 6 feet and 172 pounds and is set on playing cornerback at the next level.
"Cornerback keeps you focused at all times," Horton said. "You can't take a play off because anything can happen. You have to stay true to your teammates, especially the safeties. Without trust, we won't be able to communicate."
Horton picked up an offer from San Jose State this past fall and said he was proud of the offer and that the Spartans are a true contender to land his services. But he added he's pushing hard to earn offers from the likes of Ohio State, Oregon, Baylor, or Texas -- his "dream schools."
Horton had eight interceptions during his junior season and on special teams had three punt returns for touchdowns. In the classroom, he said he has a 3.67 grade-point average. All along, he's learning from former Edison stars Cliff Harris (a first cousin) and Johnny Sears; Harris went to Oregon out of high school and Sears went to Michigan.
"Every day he plays a role in my life," Horton said of Harris. "Ever since football was a factor, he's played a role. Johnny Sears has as well."
This offseason, Horton is planning on attending a Nike SPARQ camp in the spring in an effort to gain more offers and, if everything goes to plan, an invite to The Opening, the prestigious high school football event held each summer in Beaverton, Ore. The Opening showcases athletes in 7-on-7 tournaments as well as competitions in combine format: 40-yard dash, broad jump, shuttle run, etc.
Heading into his final prep season, Horton said he likes where the Tigers stand after they started last year 9-0 before losing to Bullard in the regular-season finale and then Central in the Division I quarterfinals.
"Last year's team was great. We had our ups and downs, but that was one great team," Horton said. "The players that we have coming back are ready. We will be focused on playing together one more time."
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