RECRUITING: Hornsby Ahead Of Rehab Schedule

Jamar Hornsby wakes up every day with the goal of getting his injured knee back to normal. The five star-rated (by wide receiver/safety out of Jacksonville Sandalwood is determined to make his surgically repaired knee stronger than ever and he is doing everything he can to ensure that he'll be ready to play football when he enrolls at the University of Florida in July. He's power walking now and ahead of his rehab schedule.

(Jamar Hornsby profile)

Hornsby, a U.S. Army All-American, is one of those athletes quite capable of achieving stardom on either side of the ball. He is a spectacular wide receiver with good hands and a hard hitting, physical safety on defense. He committed to the University of Florida back in November. He injured his knee in the last football game of his high school career. He had surgery on the knee in December.

It was early in the recruiting process that Hornsby fell in love with the Gators coaching staff. His mom, Linda, also played a very big part in his decision to attend The University of Florida.

"I decided to attend Florida because it was close to home, and I have a great relationship with the coaches," he said. "My mom liked Head Coach Urban Meyer a lot and that gave me a boost."

Urban Meyer has stressed the importance of graduating with a degree from The University of Florida, and behaving professionally both on and off the football field to recruits. The parents of these recruits like what they are hearing and seeing. Florida's football team had 35 players posting above a 3.0 grade point average this past fall.

"He is hands on with you as a coach, and expects the best out of you," said Hornsby. "He does not want any nonsense in his program and as a player you have to love how much he cares for you."

Hornsby early commitment to Florida has not stopped other schools from calling or trying to get him to change his decision. The recruiting process is a dirty game and some schools wage all out war to try and get kids who commit early to change their decision.

"Florida State and USC are the two schools trying to get me to change my commitment to Florida, but that will not happen," he said. "They call send letters and text messages me all the time."

Hornsby took a visit to The University of Michigan a school that was listed as number two on his list of schools that he would like to attend. He was intrigued by the fact that they had offered him the prestigious number one jersey, a jersey normally given to players in their junior year. Hornsby was also looking at Michigan because the player he idolizes most in the NFL went there.

"My favorite player is Charles Woodson," Hornsby said. "I like the way he plays."

Woodson won the 1997 Heisman Trophy as a wide receiver/cornerback for Michigan's national championship team. Hornsby admits he has aspirations to follow in Woodson's footsteps as a Heisman Trophy winner who makes his name on both sides of the ball.

Up until his freshman year in high school, Hornsby was better known as a basketball player. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game but the light went on and football suddenly held more fascination.

"If I did not play football I would have been a power forward in basketball," he said.

Science is his favorite subject in school and it's also the one he finds easiest. He says Dr. Kalina is his favorite teacher because of the way he carries himself and his advice to "keep your nose clean, go to school, and play football."

Hornsby has an SAT score that will allow him to qualify for his scholarship to the University of Florida. In the classroom, he's had to really buckle down to build up a GPA that he neglected for the first three years of high school. He's got everything in order now and that will allow him to start school at the University of Florida in July when the freshmen report.

His advice to high school football players hoping to sign a scholarship is pretty basic: "I would tell them to keep your grades up so you don't have to worry about it your senior year."

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