January 13, 2012

RB hoping for Spartan offer

One of the top uncommitted running backs in the Midwest for the class of 2012 is Marcus Horne of Bradley Technical High School in Milwaukee. SpartanMag.com caught up with the #6 prospect in Wisconsin and got the details on his recruitment.

Since the hiring of Coach Brad Salem, Michigan state has had a much more active presence in the state of Wisconsin. Last year it paid off on signing day as the Spartans inked defensive back Trae Waynes and defensive tackle Mark Scarpinato. This year the staff is taking a long look at Horne and he could also end up being a member of the Green and White.

Spartanmag.com asked Horne about how his recruitment is going so far.

"My recruitment is going fine," he said. It feels great to be pursued by so many schools. I feel like all my hard work has really paid off. I currently have 14 scholarship offers. I am visiting Iowa this weekend and I am supposed to visit Michigan State the next weekend."

Horne's recruitment is a bit odd in that despite having 14 scholarships, including pretty much every single MAC program, he still is waiting for the Big ten schools to come through with offers.

We asked about his current status with Michigan State and what he thinks about the Spartans.

"I really like Michigan State. I love Coach Salem, he is a good guy. Michigan State is talking grey-shirt right now. Hopefully with (Edwin) Baker leaving that will change."

A grey-shirt is when a team takes a player as a preferred walk-on for the first year and then puts them on scholarship in the second year. More often than not, the player will actually go on scholarship at the mid-year point due to player graduating or leaving early for the NFL. With that being said, there is something to be said for being a player that faxes in a letter of intent on National Signing Day.

Horne had a very productive senior season for Bradley Tech and that is only part of the reason the Spartans would like to see him end up in green. Horne is also a very solid student. He provided us with some details about how he did on and off the field.

"This fall I had over 1800-yards rushing and scored 23 touchdowns. I also have a 3.7 cumulative GPA and scored a 24 on the ACT."

It will be interesting to see how things progress in Horne's recruitment. The Iowa Hawkeyes have experienced a lot of attrition at running back and it would seem like they would be willing to offer Horne a scholarship. Michigan State does have some depth, but if LeVeon Bell were to opt to leave early for the NFL the Spartans could be very thing with his departure coupled with the graduation of Larry Caper.

Horne's recruitment reminds Spartsnmag.co a little of that of former Midland standout Jalen Parmelee. Numerous Big Ten teams looked closely at Parmelee, but never pulled the trigger. Parmelee ended up at Toledo and rushed for over 3000-yards and was eventually drafted by the Miami Dolphins. I am sure several Big Ten teams later wished they would have made room for Parmelee or at a minimum offered him a grey-shirt option.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Horne after next week's visit to East Lansing.

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