Running Back,David Horne
Omaha Central High School, Omaha, Neb.
As a much sought-after high school football recruit, David Horne is used to the constant phone calls from coaches, reporters and well-meaning friends. So immune is he to the ring that when a cell phone chimes in during one conversation, Horne lets it go supremely confident that "they will call back."
And who can blame the latest running back to roll off Central's legendary line and into the Big Red's collective lap? Through a two-year recruiting season, Horne listened to all the pitches from the Big 10 to the Big 12, from Golden Domers to Big Blue. In the end, Horne rebuffed the Buffs and Michigan opting instead for the Big Red during a Jan. 23 press conference. As the Husker Nation breathed a sigh of relief, what most didn't realize is how difficult a decision it was — or even how close Horne was to committing elsewhere.
"It was real close," Horne said of his decision to attend NU over Michigan, where fellow Central product and cousin Brandon Williams plays. "I was very close to going to Michigan, if I had another day, I might have gone to there"
As a member of the Creighton Prep-Omaha Central football fraternity (Horne at one time attended Prep) it was more than acceptable to follow childhood friends and teammates to Nebraska where he said he "can't go wrong." At NU, he said, he will get to play with fellow Eagle and Nebraska recruit Mark LeFlore as well as former Junior Jay Titus Adams, a friend of Horne's and redshirt freshman defensive tackle at Nebraska.
Another friend and gridiron nemesis Horne looks forward to seeing on the field is former Prep running back/linebacker Stevie Hicks, someone Horne has pointed to as the toughest opposing player he faced. Though Hicks, an Iowa State verbal commit, will don another shade of red, Horne still relishes Hicks in future Big 12 battles.
"I look forward to playing with Stevie," he said. "We have been playing together since we were little kids so it's nothing."
As a prep star, Horne warranted the nationwide battle for his services with some stellar performances. Against Omaha Westside this season, Horne pounded out 275 yards. In another battle with Metro Conference heavyweight Papillion-LaVista, he was a two-way terror racking up 189 yards rushing and three touchdowns while recording nine tackles and two interceptions.
At Nebraska Horne will stick to offense and running back, a position he admits is a good fit. As the heir apparent to legendary Central backs like Keith Jones, Leodis Flowers, Calvin Jones and 2001 NFL Pro Bowler Ahman Green, Horne justifiably looks to the future and likes what he sees.
"Most definitely, I think about the next level. Whatever happens, happens." Horne said when asked if he ever dreams a pro career or Heisman-worthy hype. "In my mind, I'm the best and I want to play with the best."