"I've talked with Dennis and his father, Edgar, two or three times a day," coach Edmunds said. "I'll be honest with you, he hasn't personally talked with me about asking for a release.
"It may have crossed his mind, but he hasn't mentioned it to me. He really likes the school, but unfortunately he can't meet Sidney Lowe yet. He really wants to do that."
Coach Edmunds has talked with the Wolfpack head coach, and Lowe left a favorable impression on him.
"I talked with coach Lowe on Wednesday, and he certainly seems like a nice guy," he said. "Even the coaches that are calling from the other schools are saying that there is no question that he is a very nice guy with high morals.
"I was favorably impressed with him. He seems like he's family-oriented and big into loyalty. He's going to be more uptempo which fits Dennis and his playing style. Dennis is the epitome of what a wing forward really is. That was good news that he's looking to be a little more uptempo."
Coach Edmunds is a frequent visitor of message boards and various college websites. He has read where fans label recruits based on what they have heard or assume, although they may have never seen a prospect actually play. This has happened with Horner, as some fans tend to believe he can only excel in a Princeton-based offense.
"Dennis can play in any system," coach Edmunds said. "Basketball is a different sport because people pigeonhole players based on assumptions. When I see someone say he's built for the Princeton offense, it cracks me up. Sure, Dennis can play in it, but to me it's not his best offense. I think he is more suited for a fast-paced system because he is a good athlete and can get out and make plays."
Regardless, Horner has a decision to make, and he will be making the final decision. Dan Werner has already received a conditional release, and Larry Davis could be close to doing the same. Other programs are interested in Horner, but at this time he is still solid with NC State.
"It will be Dennis's decision," coach Edmunds said. "There's six or seven schools calling about him, but you know what, I think he really likes NC State. I also think that Sidney is a really good guy who will have a very good personality fit with Dennis once they get to sit down and talk."
Scouting Report: "Dennis Horner is a guy who really knows how to play the game. At first, the staff thought he was similar to Dan Werner - but Horner, another New Jersey native, is more agile and is able to play the three and the two. Both are good shooters from the perimeter, but Horner is quicker, gets to the basket and can also defend in the ACC." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Jeff Goodman