He has 74 career tackles, including 11.5 for losses (with 8 sacks). He has 22 career starts.
The well-tested Horton, who has started for parts of the past 3 seasons, will start at defensive end as a senior in 2012.
Horton started 7 games (Minnesota, Syracuse, Arizona, Notre Dame, Stanford, Washington, UCLA) at defensive end as a junior in 2011 and rotated into the action often in the other 5 games. Overall in 2011 while appearing in all 12 games, he had 22 tackles, including 4.5 for losses (with 4 sacks), 2 deflections and 1 forced fumble. He had 5 tackles (with a sack) against UCLA, 3 tackles (with a sack) versus Syracuse and 3 tackles and a deflection against Arizona. He made the 2011 All-Pac-12 second team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team. He missed 2011 spring practice because of a foot injury.
Horton started 6 games at defensive end as a sophomore in 2010. Overall in 2010 while appearing in 10 games (he missed the Washington, Stanford and California contests with a back bruise suffered at Washington State), he had 29 tackles, including 5.5 for losses (with 4 sacks), plus 4 deflections, a forced fumble and a blocked punt (with a 24-yard punt return). He started against Hawaii, Virginia, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona.
He had 6 tackles against Hawaii, including 2 for losses (with a sack), added 4 tackles (including 1.5 for losses, with a sack) against Virginia, then had 2 tackles at Minnesota. He had 3 tackles (with a sack) and a blocked punt against Washington State (which he returned 24 yards). He had 4 tackles and a deflection against both Oregon and Arizona State, then had 1 tackle at Arizona. He added 3 tackles (with 1 sack) and a forced fumble at Oregon State, than had a tackle and deflection against both Notre Dame and UCLA.
Horton started USC's first 9 games of 2009 at defensive end as a redshirt freshman and performed solidly. Overall in 2009 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 20 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss, plus 1 fumble recovery and 1 deflection.
He had 2 tackles (0.5 for a loss) and a fumble recovery against San Jose State, then 1 tackle each against Ohio State, Washington, Washington State and California. He had 3 tackles (with a sack) at Notre Dame, 2 tackles against Oregon State and 1 stop at Oregon. He had 6 tackles and a deflection at Arizona State, then 2 tackles against Stanford and UCLA and 1 tackle versus Arizona.
Horton redshirted as a freshman defensive end in 2008, his first year at USC.
His 2007 honors included Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, All-CIF Pac-5 Division first tam and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team as a senior defensive lineman at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks (Calif.). He had 61 tackles and 8 sacks in 2007.
As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Serra League first team while getting 91 tackles and 13 sacks.
He's a human performance major at USC. His father, Myke, lettered 2 years (1973-74) as an offensive tackle at UCLA, was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1975, played professionally in the USFL (with Washington and Memphis) and the CFL (with Calgary), then was one of the original members of the syndicated TV show "American Gladiators" (he was Gemini from 1989 to 1992). His mother, Julie, played tennis at South Alabama. His brother, Shane, was a linebacker at USC (2009-11) who transferred to Troy after playing at UNLV in 2007. His sister, Taylor, was on Fresno State's women's volleyball team in 2009 and 2010.