- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Nick Horton (Garland, Texas/Garland) is getting the best of both worlds when it comes to his college football destination.
There are a couple of things important to him - location and academics - and SMU checks both of those boxes which is why the outside linebacker gave his verbal commitment to the Mustangs.
Horton, who plays his high school football fewer than 15 miles from the SMU campus, said that location was a big factor in his decision as was the academic reputation of SMU.
"It means that my family can come see me a lot and give me a lot of support at a lot of home games," Horton said Friday.
Horton, who hasn't yet decided on a major, said that he wanted to go to SMU because of academics and that he liked what he saw when he visited the Hilltop on June 29.
"The campus was really nice," Horton said. "Not too big; just the right size so it won't be too hard to walk around to my classes and what-not."
Horton picked the Mustangs over his second choice, UTSA, as well as offers from New Mexico and North Texas. He said he built a good relationship with Tom Mason, SMU's associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach who was the primary recruiter for Horton.
"He's a real great guy," Horton said. "He really pushed to try to get me and I feel comfortable that he's going to be my position coach as well. He'll be a great coach for me to have in the next five years."
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