Horne Changes Course

After things didn't work out at Michigan State, running back Marcus Horne decided the JUCO route was the right one for his future. The Milwaukee product has schools like Iowa and Wisconsin monitoring him as he heads to Arizona Western.

Marcus Horne turned down MAC scholarship offers to accept a grey-shirt opportunity at Michigan State. The Milwaukee running back believed in his ability to play at college's highest level.

Despite things not working out with the Spartans, Horne maintains that viewpoint. He plans to be back at a big six conference school after a stay at Arizona Western junior college.

"I learned a lot (at Michigan State)," Horne said. "I got to practice with guys like Johnny Adams, Will Gholston and Dion Sims. I got to see their work ethic. I know I'm talented enough to play at that level just from practice."

As a grey shirt, Horne was required to pay for his first semester of college. It turned out to be a hefty sum with him coming from out of state.

"My first semester didn't go as planned," he said. "I had some financial issues. Things like that.

"Me and my uncle sat down and decided it was probably better to take the JUCO route rather than transferring to another D-I school and having to sit for a year. I could have still gone to any MAC school on a full ride. Instead, I'll go to a really good junior college and hone my skills."

Horne's goal is to graduate from Arizona Western next summer and retain three years of eligibility at the D-I school to which he transfers. If he can't make that happen, he would want to graduate after the 2014 fall semester and enroll at a four-year school in January of 2015, giving him two years of eligibility there.

"It also depends on my credits," Horne said. "You need 60 credits to graduate. They haven't told me which of my credits transfer yet. I hope they all do. We'll have to see.

"I'm loading up on summer classes now. I plan on taking classes next summer, too."

Horne leaves for Arizona on Tuesday. He's reaching out to D-I schools to let them know of his plans.

Iowa recruited Horne out of Bradley Tech.

"I sent my stuff out to Coach (Eric) Johnson and let him know what was going on with me," Horne said. "I sent him a few workout videos that I posted. He said that he liked those and he told me to stay in contact with them. They want to see how I do in junior college."

Florida Atlantic and Wisconsin also are going to monitor Horne, he said.

"I'm hoping to get more interest," he said. "That's why I've been working so hard all spring and summer. I'm up to 225 now. I've gotten a lot stronger, a lot faster. I'm real excited for the season."

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