Kentucky took on UT Martin to open the 2014 season.
Graduated from high school a semester early and enrolled at Kentucky in January ... Participated in spring practice ... Has an intriguing mix of power and athleticism ... Rushed 13 times for 70 yards, including a touchdown, in the Blue/White Spring Game.
High School: A four-star prospect by Rivals.com, who also ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in Ohio and No. 12 running back in the nation ... Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Lakota West HS in West Chester, Ohio ... Rushed for 178 times for 1,203 yards, an average of 6.8 yards per carry, and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... The team's leading receiver with 19 catches for 249 yards and two TDs ... Helped lead his team to a championship of the Greater Miami Conference ... First-team all-conference as a junior and senior ... First-team All-Southwest Ohio as a senior ... Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American game in Carson, Calif., in Jan. 2014 and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass ... Rejoins former teammate Kyle Meadows at UK ... Lakota West also produced former UK fullback John Conner, four-year NFL veteran now with the New York Giants ... Coached at LWHS by Larry Cox ... "Mikel's combination of size, speed and pure athleticism sets him apart," Cox said. "What takes him a notch higher is his ability to catch the ball." ... Participated in wrestling and track and field ... Competed in the 4x100-meter relay, 200-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles ... Member of the school's leadership program board ... Selected UK with final consideration to Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. Personal: Name is pronounced "my-KELL" ... Born in Cincinnati ... Son of Donty Horton and Mimi Horton ... Donty played college baseball in New Mexico ... An uncle, Rodney Heath, played football at the University of Minnesota and in the NFL for Atlanta and Cincinnati ... Major is sociology. Mikel Says ... I wear uniform number 4 because: my grandfather wore it ... I couldn't live without my: mom, brother, dad and coaches ... If I could witness any event, past, present or future, it would be: when UK beat LSU ... My favorite part of game day is: after the win in the locker room ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: I'm a part of a new era ... The one thing I like most about football is: the game and building relationships with your teammates/brothers.