When Iowa State rounded out Kansas City (Mo.) forward Jeriah Horne’s month of June with his third Power 5 offer, the quickly rising 2016 prep was thrilled.
Imagine how he feels after three weeks of July.
The 6-foot-7 forward from K.C. Run GMC added offers from Nebraska, West Virginia, Clemson, Tulsa, Wichita State and others to a list that already included Minnesota, Kansas State and Iowa State when the July evaluation period started.
“It’s been a great experience. Somebody actually just kind of asked me in one word what word could I describe my summer and it made me think,” Horne said Monday. “I think the word I came up with was ‘eye-opening’ because this experience has opened my eyes to a lot. The K-State offer, the Iowa State offer and then some more big schools really opened my eyes that I can play on that level. I’m a pretty high-level player. I can play with the top-ranked players in the nation.”
Iowa State was a frequent visitor at Horne’s games in July and has made the Kansas City native a key prospect in what will ultimately be a large 2016 class.
“Whether it be the head coach or the assistant coach, they’ve been at my games and they’ve been telling me they’re really interested in me,” Horne said of Iowa State. “They really want me to come play for Iowa State because they feel I can have a big impact on the team. Especially with Georges Niang gone [in 2016], they feel like our games are similar and I can step in and take his role on the team and continue to put them in a place to win games.”
Horne, who has four official visits remaining after previously using one to visit Pepperdine before the summer, would like to begin taking his final official visits in August and September before making a decision in late September or early October.
First, Horne must narrow down his suddenly large list of options.
“As of right now I’m still just looking at the schools and narrowing down what schools I like, what schools I don’t like,” Horne said of his timeline. “Some of the schools you mentioned are some of the schools I’m looking at for some officials. If not later this week or early next week I should have a top-5 that I’ll probably go ahead and let everyone know about.”
Iowa State and Kansas State are two schools that have reportedly been strong suitors for Horne, but he isn’t ready yet to reveal any top schools.
“Right now I can’t really say, but the schools that have been showing me the most attention, keeping in contact with me, coming to the games — there have been some schools I don’t think have missed a game the beginning of July to the last game I played — I’m just trying to make note of that,” Horne said. “I want to go somewhere where I’m wanted, where I feel like I’m needed. That’s playing a big part in my decision narrowing it down.”