Kylic Horton, Wide Receiver
6’3” 190 lbs
Rivals Rating = 5.6 / 3 star
Wide receiver Kylic Horton is a 3 star prospect from Summerton, SC and is one of five commitments from the state of South Carolina in the 2022 recruiting class. According to his prospect profile, he was recruited by wide receivers coach Justin Stepp.
Kylic comes to the Gamecocks at 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. He is most comparable to current Gamecock Xavier Leggette in both size and the way he moves. Leggette mostly played quarterback his senior year of high school, so he faced a learning curve at the wide receiver position when arriving at Carolina. Kylic faces a different type of learning curve. He comes from Clarendon Hall Academy where 8 man football is played. Horton was usually the best athlete on the field and was able to affect the game playing several different positions - wide receiver, quarterback, kick returner, and defensive back.
Horton possesses a tall frame with long arms and the ability to add more bulk. He has a long stride which makes his speed deceptive. Horton has shown great hand/eye coordination and the ability to go up and high point the ball over opposing defenders. At the 8 man level, he was difficult to tackle, but will need to add more mass to his frame and become a more precise route runner to continue that trend at the college level.
Outside of South Carolina’s offer, Kylic’s offer list included Virginia Tech, Coastal Carolina, and Gardner-Webb. He started the year out as a not rated (NR) prospect, but finished the year rated 5.6 and tenth best overall prospect in the state of South Carolina.
It will take some time for Horton to learn the nuances of playing wide receiver at the college level. Expecting him to produce as a wide receiver in year one is not realistic. However, Horton may be able to work his way into action on special teams. Over time, as he develops under wide receivers coach Justin Stepp’s guidance, Horton may turn out to be a significant contributor for the Gamecocks.