Milwaukee (Wisc.) Bradley Tech running back Marcus Horne is immersed in his high school track season now, but soon the 5-10, 190-pound running back plans to hit the recruiting trail. One of his first stops will be to the place he spent the first 13 years of his life.
"I'm going to be getting out here soon to a lot of camps," Horne said. "After the state track meet I'm going to be headed down south to go to the Mississippi State camp on June 5 and Vanderbilt on June 7. I have to prove myself a little more. I'm a little under the radar, but I don't really mind it."
Besides the two SEC schools, Horne also plans to attend camps at Iowa and Michigan State this summer. Horne grew up in Mississippi and is cousins with Ole Miss class of 2011 signee C.J. Johnson. He has received interest from the two SEC programs in Mississippi, though neither has offered at this time.
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Five schools have already extended Horne a scholarship offer, and they are Akron, Ball State, Central Michigan, Illinois State and North Dakota State. The Big Ten school he feels is closest to offering is Minnesota.
"When Coach Z [Jim Zebrowski] came by last time I didn't get to see him, but my coach said he thinks they are about to offer," Horne said. "He really just wanted to see what I look like because they thought I was shorter, but I'm 5-11. Minnesota is the only school that mentioned a switch to defense. I've been playing running back my whole life, so I'm glad the other schools are thinking that [position]."
Among the other coaching staffs that Horne has seen around his school during the Spring Evaluation Period are Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa and Ball State.
"I'm probably getting the most love from Northwestern and Iowa," Horne said. "Northwestern was at my track meet yesterday. At Iowa, Coach [Lester] Erb came by last week and they want me to come to the one-day camp. They like me a lot, he just wants to see if I can pass block."
Wisconsin's state track meet will take place the first weekend in June. Horne leads a Bradley Tech 4x200 relay team that is currently ranked second in the state and 4x400 relay team that is currently 18th in the state.