Does Michigan Have Jamar Hornsby's Number?

Jamar Hornsby of Sandlewood High School in Jacksonville has maintained a top three for some time that includes Michigan. The talented athlete recently received a visit from three Wolverine coaches. He spoke with about the visit, and said a very special piece of Michigan football history was tops during the conversation.

In a program packed full of tradition, none stands higher in the pantheon of Michigan football lore than the No. 1 jersey. The one who dons the coveted single-digit has earned the respect of his coaches and teammates, and carries the legends of Anthony Carter, David Terrell and, most recently, Braylon Edwards along with him.

Who will be the next No. 1 at Michigan? It could very well be Jamar Hornsby of Sandlewood High School in Jacksonville. The talented athlete has listed Michigan among his top three for some time. While it was once thought to be near impossible to lure Hornsby away from Florida, the Michigan staff is letting him know just how much it wants to see him in Ann Arbor.

"Three coaches were here from Michigan (Monday)," Hornsby said. "Coach Carr, Coach Loeffler, and Coach Campbell came by. Coach Carr told my coach it was rare for Michigan to let a player come in and play right away, but he said I was that kind of player. Then he said I could wear the No. 1 jersey. When I heard Coach Carr say that it got me pumped. It sure moved Michigan up."

Hornsby said no school leads, but maintained his top three as, "Michigan, Florida, and USC."

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hornsby also said he would definitely be making an official visit to Michigan in the fall. At one time he hoped to make a decision by the middle of May, but has since moved that date forward until he at least visits all of his favorites. He said Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer and assistant coach Greg Mattison were by the school last week, and that USC will be by on Thursday.

Hornsby said he is working with a personal trainer so probably won't attend any combines. He reports over 35 offers, so attention is not something he needs. "I might go to the Florida camp," he said.

So, where will Hornsby play in college? "Most schools are recruiting me for wide receiver," he said. "Some are recruiting me for defensive back. Some, like Michigan, are telling me I could play both ways."

He reports a 2.8 grade-point-average and said he took the SAT on Saturday.

Note: U-M offers the No. 1 jersey to precious few recruits each year -- sometimes to only one, or at the most to a couple.

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