Milwaukee (Wisc.) Bradley Tech running back Marcus Horne has received scholarship offers from nearly all the schools in the Mid-American Conference. Now, the 5-10, 190-pound ball carrier is seeing his star rise with Big Ten programs.
Only Northern Illinois is missing from Horne's list of MAC offers, though he feels the Huskies are on the verge of adding their name to his list. His first Big Ten offer may not be far off either, with the amount of communication he has had with those schools.
"Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern have shown a lot of interest," Horne said. "Offers should be the next step, hopefully, for those schools.
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Although not as strong, interest is coming Horne's direction from a couple more Big Ten schools.
"The Badgers want me to walk on and they have my boy Vonte Jackson committed," Horne said. "Michigan State is looking for a safety and wants to see my film at safety. I went to camp there this summer and liked it a lot up there."
Of the Big Ten programs showing renewed interest in Horne, Iowa was the first to step up with an opportunity that displays the strength of their interest.
"I have an official visit I am supposed to take to Iowa in November, so hopefully an offer comes through then," Horne said. "At Iowa, running backs coach [Lester] Erb and I talk on a weekly basis. He is a great guy and I like the head coach, Coach [Kirk] Ferentz. I heard a lot of good things about him."
Meanwhile, Minnesota assistant coach Jim Zebrowski has requested senior year film of Horne and Northwestern coaches scouted a game earlier this fall. All three of those schools hold high interest from Horne.
"I like Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota a lot right now," Horne said. "I call Coach Pat [Fitzgerald at Northwestern] once every two weeks, and I talk to my running backs coach, Coach [Matt] MacPherson, and my recruiting coordinator, Coach [Mike] Hankwitz.
"Coach Hankwitz from Northwestern came to my game a couple weeks ago. They love my running style, he just wants to see my catch the ball a little more. Northwestern runs the spread and throws the ball to their running backs a lot, so they want to see my receiving skills out of the backfield."
Horne would like to schedule visits with Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwesterm sometime this fall to see a game. He plans to get his film out soon, and expects to receive strong interest off that. So far this year he has accumulated around 140 carries for 1,300 total yards and 18 touchdowns.