As high school seasons begin all around the country, junior recruits know that this is their time to shine on the field. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook of Malvern (Pa.) Prep had an extremely busy and successful summer camp season, yet he still realizes that without a strong follow-up this fall, all of that may have been for nothing.
Hornibrook had one of the biggest whirlwind summer camp tours of any recruit, as he hit up Georgia, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame as a part of a group of recruits. He followed those travels up with stops at Virginia, North Carolina, Penn State and Maryland.
"Georgia, Vandy, Virginia, North Carolina, Penn State and Maryland all told me that they were interested and to send film after the first couple of games," said Hornibrook, who is 6-foot-3 and 199 pounds. "Basically, I need to get a good varsity season under my belt before an offer."
With numerous camp experiences behind him, Hornibrook did mention that a few definitely stood out.
"I liked Virginia, Penn State and Vanderbilt the most," he said. "These schools showed the most interest from camp and the programs seemed top notch. They also have some of the nicest campuses and facilities in the country."
Hornibrook plans to hit the road once again this fall to check out some of the schools in action.
"So far I am planning on attending Pitt and Penn State, but I'm not positive on the dates yet," he said. "I would also like to go to some other schools that invited me such as Virginia and Maryland. I would like to see how each program operates and which ones I would be a good fit for. Also, I would like to get some more time to talk to the coaching staffs."
In addition to the schools already listed, Hornibrook is also hearing from Wake Forest, Purdue, Connecticut and Temple. He also mentioned that Penn State, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Virginia are currently showing him the most interest.
Malvern's season started last weekend, but with the team's run-first mentality, Hornibrook knows that his passing opportunities may be sporadic.
"We won 15-13, but we didn't' get to showcase the spread too much and we mainly stuck to the Wing-T. I only passed six times," he said. "We ran the spread and passed the ball in our last scrimmage and I was 12 of 15 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the game situation portion."
Knowing that his junior season would be very important to him, Hornibrook worked extremely hard during the off-season.
"My main goal was to incorporate legs into my throwing motion to get more power," he said. "And I continued to work on strength, footwork and reading defenses."
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