Horton picks Arkansas

Julian Horton first met Bobby Petrino two years ago when Petrino was the Atlanta Falcons' head coach and his son played at Greater Atlanta Christian.

Petrino left the Falcons in 2007 to become Arkansas' head coach, but Horton stayed in contact with Petrino over the last couple of years.

The two reunited on Saturday when Horton visited Arkansas and made a commitment to Petrino's Razorbacks program.

"I know Bobby real well," Horton said. "He's been watching me since I was a sophomore and I felt real comfortable with him. But it wasn't just him. Arkansas is a great place and that's where I want to be.'

Horton chose Arkansas over BCS national champion Alabama, North Carolina and Maryland.

"It was great to get an offer from Alabama, but I just felt like with the offense they have they run the ball a little more than I'm used to," Horton said.

A visit to Maryland was scheduled for later this month, but Horton said he no longer plans to make the trip.

"I was going to visit Maryland, but I don't see the point now," Horton said. "I know where I want to go."

Horton played wide receiver and defensive back for GAC last season, but was recruited as a receiver by Arkansas.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Horton was sixth in the county in receptions with 51 last season and had 646 yards and seven touchdowns. Horton was GAC's main offensive threat and he hopes to continue that at Arkansas.

"Just talking to the coaches, their offense is one of the best in the SEC and they have the No. 1 passer returning," Horton said.

"They like to throw the ball and that's a big thing for me."

Horton's host for his trip to Arkansas was Bobby Petrino Jr., a walk-on wide receiver who played with Horton for a season at GAC.

"The facilities are great. Of the other schools I visited, they can't compare to Arkansas," Horton said. "Arkansas is a great place for me and I never knew how great a place it was until I visited and the facilities are great."