Patience Is A Virtue

If the recruiting process has taught Milwaukee (Wisc.) Bradley Tech running back Marcus Horne one thing, it's to have patience.

The junior is still awaiting his first offer, but Horne's optimistic a school will offer him in the future.

"I'm just trying to hopefully get some offers," Horne said. "I'm getting some pretty high interest from schools."

Those schools include Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.

Throughout this process Horne has sought advice from people who are also experiencing this for themselves; which could be the reason why he remains so positive.

His cousin, C.J. Johnson, who recently signed his letter of intent to play linebacker at Ole Miss reminds Horne to stay committed.

"Just work hard, keep my grades up and stay focused," Horne said of his cousin. "Don't get distracted from your goal."

Horne also credits his relationship with Northwestern prospect Vonte Jackson as another source of encouragement.

"I've got a nice relationship with Vonte, we talk on a weekly basis," Horne said. "We always tell each other to work hard. Hard work pays off."

Or maybe it's because Horne is too busy with other school activities to worry about not having an offer yet. The running back is also a wrestler and track star at his high school.

In the classroom, Horne is a National Honor Society student who boasts a 3.8 GPA. He's the student government Vice President and will also serve as the President of senior counsel next year.

He's definitely the type of scholar-athlete Northwestern likes to recruit, which is why Horne has the Wildcats high on his list.

"I would love to play at Northwestern, he said. "I might commit if they offer me."

He's formed a close bond with running backs coach Matt MacPherson but Coach Pat Fitzgerald's enthusiasm could be what sold Horne on the Wildcats.

"He's so passionate about the game," Horne said. "He's the realist coach, he tells you how it is. Some coaches lie to recruits, but (Coach Fitzgerald) tells you the truth."

Horne has already been to a Northwestern game this season and is making plans to visit the campus again in April.

The running back is not sure when his first offer will arrive, and that's okay. "Just be patient. I'm not trying to rush anything, he said."

Because after all, good things come to those who wait.

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