Seminole High School (Sanford, Fla.) junior offensive lineman Kenneth Horsey hasn’t received much recruiting attention outside of his first scholarship offer, from Texas-San Antonio, back in the spring.
That made what happened on Wednesday — when the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Horsey received a scholarship offer from the Missouri Tigers — all the more surprising.
“It was crazy,” Horsey told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “After school we had workouts, we have weight lifting, I saw before I started lifting weights that the offensive line coach from Mizzou followed me. I was like, oh, man, that’s sweet — University of Missouri, they’re a good school. I didn’t think too much about it because I have other coaches following me.
“I went on with my workout and then after my workout I check my phone and I get a text from an unknown number. I was just skimming through it to see if I could guess who it was and I see ‘Missouri,’ ‘coach’ and ‘offer.’ So I opened it and read it all. I was truly surprised.”
The offer, which came from Missouri offensive line coach Glen Elarbee, was obviously a big moment for the big Class of 2018 offensive lineman.
“I still haven’t wrapped my head around it,” Horsey said. “It’s just crazy. Of course when I got the UTSA offer I knew I was good enough to be a D-1 athlete. So I knew that the offers would come if I just kept putting in the work, but Missouri as my second offer, I was like wow.”
Horsey didn’t talk to talk to Elarbee about the offer until Thursday morning.
How did Elarbee find out about Horsey and what does the offensive line coach like about the offensive lineman?
“He said he found me through his recruiters,” Horsey said. “They just put my info in a pile and he got to watch it and he said the rest was history. He said he liked my aggression and attitude in my game. He thinks I'll be an amazing guard that fits into their offense.”
Horsey plays left tackle for Seminole High School this season after playing both tackle spots a year ago as a sophomore. He said he feels like he is capable of playing any spot on the offensive line.
It wasn’t that long ago that Horsey didn’t know if he’d play college football.
Now with two offers, which will likely attract more interest from schools, Horsey has positioned himself to continue playing beyond high school.
“When I started playing football, at first I didn’t have the mindset that I was going to be like a D-1 athlete or anything like that,” he said. “People were always telling me I had the potential based on my size and stuff like that. I didn’t really have that mindset in me until last year. I was starting on the team and I remember a couple games into the season I got benched because I was like overly cocky about myself.
“After that experience, it was like, what do you really want to do, like why are you doing this, why are you playing football? After prayer and talking to my family, I wanted to go to a D-1 college, God willing I want to make it to the pros. So I started putting in the work and definitely the coaches — Coach (Don) Stark and the offensive line coach — they’ve really helped me get there.”
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