Clermont (Fla.) East Ridge linebacker Justin Horton had turned in numerous strong camp performances and a couple very high Nike Sparq ratings leading up to the spring, but had no offers to show for it. That changed today with one phone call.
"Yesterday, Coach (Sean) Cronin (from Temple) was at practice and I had a really good practice yesterday," Horton said. "I guess he saw what he liked. When I called him this afternoon he offered me a scholarship, a full ride."
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder shared the good news with his mother immediately.
"I told my mom and the first thing she told me is that I can exhale now," Horton said. "I always said to myself after I got my first one I would be okay, able to relax, and just put in more work to earn more scholarships."
During his conversation with Coach Cronin, Horton asked numerous questions about Temple.
"I was asking him questions about the facilities, their psychology program because that is my major, their academics in general, the location, the weather, the community," Horton said. "All of that kind of stuff that makes up your college experience."
The Sunshine State defender came away impressed by what he heard from Cronin about the Owls football program and the University as a whole.
"Yeah, it sounds like a pretty good school," Horton said. "I am not going to make a commitment this early though. I am just going to see what other scholarships I can try to earn. Right now I am just excited to get my first one."
If possible, Horton said that he would like to visit Temple this summer.
In addition to the Owls, numerous schools have come through East Ridge including The Citadel, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and South Florida.