K-State Likes Florida O-Lineman

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Coaching staff has gone to the Sunshine State of Florida to recruit a trio of talented prospects. Out of Miami's Belen Jesuit Prep School, O-Lineman Alfonso Horner.

Alfonso Horner, out of Miami's Belen Jesuit Prep School, started at offensive guard as a sophomore for a team that was a state runner-up. As a junior the Wolverine coaches switched him to the other side of the line at defensive tackle. Horner will move to the outside to play defensive end for his senior season.

"My quickness off the ball is my best strength," Alfonso Horner said. "Coming off the edge will play to my strengths which are quickness, footwork, and my ability to read plays."

Kansas State was the first school to offer Horner as well as two of his teammates, Frankie Hernandez and Imani Davis, when they came by Belen Jesuit in the spring. Since then, Florida International, Buffalo, and Northern Illinois have also extended scholarship offers.

"It was at the end of May," said Horner of the K-State offer. "I was impressed right away. It's a very good school from everything I've learned about it. I'm hoping to make it up to camp this summer, but I'm not sure yet. There's a camp at FSU on the 22nd [of July], and I have to decide with my father where I'm going to go."

With Horner's speed and size (6-foot-2, 205-pounds), college coaches could use him at a variety of positions at the next level. In track he's run a 10.73 best in the 100 meter dash and a 21.60 best in the 200 meter dash. He was narrowly defeated by Norland's "Duke" Johnson in the 100, a University of Miami commitment and a running back.

"This summer I went to camps at Buffalo, Boston College, Miami, and Florida International," said Horner. "I felt I did well. I came away with two offers. Boston College and Miami told me they'd be in touch."

The Wolverines went 8-3 falling in 2010 to Miami area rival, Norland, in the 2nd round. In their run to the state final in 2009 the Wolverines topped Norland to win the district and set a school record with 11 victories. Horner hopes to reach that plateau again before he finishes his prep career.

"Make every game count," said Horner of his upcoming senior season. "It's going to be tough, but this team has a common goal to be the best and go back to state. My individual goal is to reach double-digits in sacks."

From an athletic family, his uncle, Alonzo Horner, starred at Palmetto High School in Miami before playing two years at Florida State for Bobby Bowden. Last season Horner was named 3rd team All-District in his first year at his new position on defense. He's also used in spots at tight end.

"Our practices start in August," said Horner. "We have a pre-season game against Tampa Jesuit. Right now I don't really have a time-frame on a decision. The main thing for me is academics. I want to major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. I want to play for coaches I feel comfortable with. I also want a place I can feel comfortable with, go everywhere in the city, and call it my home."

Horner wears No. 40 for the Wolverines. The Kickoff Classic game with Tampa Jesuit is set for August 26th at 7:00 p.m. The following Friday they open the regular season at home with a game against Hialeah.

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