One of the top class of 2014 Midwest prospects on the off-season camp and combine circuit the last few months was West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West running back Mikel Horton, but college programs have been slow to offer the big back.
"Since I came out of a triple option offense last year, they want to see how I do coming out of the two-point this upcoming season," Horton said.
Horton started his career at Lakota East, but transferred to Lakota West in the off-season where he will be in an offense that allows the 6-foot-1, 229-pound tailback to use his size and speed. It also allows him to run behind three-star offensive tackle Kyle Meadows.
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"I got the offense down and I am more confident with it," Horton said. "My coach has been helping me a lot as far as the directions, because it is a complicated offense. I feel it fits me way better than the triple option."
Schools Horton is hearing from regularly are Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan and West Virginia.
"Wisconsin wants to see me play first," Horton said. "They are interested in big backs, they just want to see if I can handle the two-point. They said they will definitely be at the first game, and from there we'll talk about where we go as far as a scholarship.
"West Virginia is another that has shown a lot of interest. They wanted me to come to a camp and tour the campus, but I Ohio State's camp was on the same day so I didn't get to go there."
Programs like Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State were among the first Horton showed interest in. Michigan, however, is a newer addition to his list.
"They have sent me a couple letters and when I was at East he came up to my school and was impressed with my size and the way I move," Horton said. "Hopefully in the future they show more interest. I have a little interest in Michigan, but I am more of a Michigan State [fan]."
Game visits for the fall are already being scheduled and Horton plans to be at Ohio State on Nov. 24, Wisconsin on Oct. 27 and Cincinnati on Sept. 6.