May 17, 2011

CMU Recruiting Milwaukee RB Horne

Marcus Horne (Bradley Tech HS, Milwaukee, Wis.) is a running back that seems to have all the necessary tools to succeed at the college level. He has decent size at 5'10 and 190 lbs. and he can bench almost twice his body weight with a maximum of 335 lbs. and he can squat 505 lbs. The Wisconsin native is also on a 4x200m team that is ranked second in the state, so he has good speed as well.

Despite having what looks to be a very good skill set, Horne only has three FBS offers at this point, with two more from FCS programs as well. North Dakota State was the first program to offer a scholarship and Central Michigan offered him almost two months ago. He picked up his fifth offer from Ball State on Friday. The other two offers that he has are from Akron and Illinois State.

There are a few other schools showing interest in Horne as well, including Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Iowa and Minnesota. Most of these schools are recruiting him to play running back, but Minnesota is also talking about switching him to defensive back.

"Northwestern has been showing the most interest beside Central Michigan," said Horne. "They have both been keeping in a lot of contact. Northwestern was at my meet on Friday and they're coming to my regional meet. Coach (Kort) Shankweiler from Central is coming to visit at the end of the month. I have a real nice relationship with Central Michigan."

The Milwaukee native is looking for a program that emphasizes academics, as well as camaraderie between the players and between the players and the coaches.

"I want a place with great academics. Relationships with your teammates are very important, because they are basically your brothers and your new family for four years. I also want a great relationship with the coaches. Obviously, winning is always a factor, but that can change from year to year, so what the program is about off the field is more important."

Horne has visited Northwestern and Wisconsin. However, he says there is no real interest from Wisconsin. He was also supposed to attend the spring game at Central Michigan, but it did not work out.

The Bradley Tech product does not consider himself to fit into any specific category as far as running backs go. He just says that he runs hard and tries to get the job done.

"I don't really have a type necessarily, other than maybe saying that I am an instinctual kind of running back. I just work hard and run hard and just get the job done."

Horne does not have any visits planned for the immediate future. He is still trying to focus on track season as the state track meet approaches. He runs for a top 4x200m team and is trying to get into the open 100m dash at the state meet as well. He also does not have a timeline right now for when he will make a verbal commitment.

"Whenever I feel like it's the right fit for me and whenever I feel like a program wants me and I'm a good fit for their program, I will make a commitment. My coach wants me to wait until signing day, so I'm thinking about doing that."

Horne may indeed want to wait until Signing Day because it is likely that he will have a lot more offers on the table at the point, including several from some BCS programs.


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