Milwaukee (Wisc.) Bradley Tech running back Marcus Horne has accumulated offers from nearly every Mid-American Conference school, and has been close to adding Big Ten offers to his résumé since early in the fall. With National Signing Day less than five weeks away, those Big Ten offers are coming closer to reality.
The two schools that appear closest to offering out of the Big Ten are Iowa and Michigan State. The 5-10, 190-pound Horne has an official visit scheduled with the Hawkeyes for the weekend of Jan. 6 and is hoping to hear more about a potential offer during that trip.
"It is looking like an offer, but we'll have to wait and see," Horne said. "They want to see how I vibe with the guys, I guess, and see where I fall on their board too."
Horne's area recruiter from Iowa is assistant coach Eric Johnson, but he has also been communicating frequently with running backs coach Lester Erb.
"He doesn't recruit my area, that's how I know they are pretty interested," Horne said. "He said I am pretty high on their board. I sent them my senior film, we set the official date and we'll see from there.
Horne has also scheduled an official visit with Michigan State for the weekend of Jan. 13 and the Spartans have already made their intentions for Horne clear.
"Michigan State has a grayshirt offer for me," Horne reported. "I talk to Coach [Brad] Salem. He recruits my area and he is the running backs coach too, which is a good thing. They like my physicality running the football."
Horne holds offers from nine of the 12 Mid-American Conference schools, as well as ones from Illinois State, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa. Those schools are all fighting for Horne's remaining two official visit weekends in the month of January.
"Every weekend in January I will be somewhere," Horne said. "There's a lot of teams in there and I'm trying to narrow it down."
The increase in interest for Horne comes after a senior season in which he accounted for over 1,800 total yards of offense and scored 23 touchdowns.