Northwestern In Horne's Top-Three

Milwaukee (WI) RB Marcus Horne was supposed to attend Northwestern's Junior Day on Saturday, but had to back out on the visit. The running back is still very interested in the Wildcats, and is planning on rescheduling his visit.

"I'm trying to get down there either this weekend or some other time for spring practice," said Marcus Horne.

The 5'11, 185-lb running back has just one offer—that coming from North Dakota State—but has received a lot of interest.

Horne has been able to evaluate each interested school, and has set his top-three schools.

"My top-three is Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State," Horne said.

But Horne admitted that the Northwestern offer stands out the most, because of the program's recent success.

"I think they're a great program and they're on the rise," Horne said. "They'll be a good program for the next few years. They had a nice recruiting class this past year. They're going to be a nice team."

Thus far, Horne has been in constant contact with the Northwestern coaches, including running backs coach Matt MacPherson and Mike Hankwitz, who is Horne's regional recruiter. While Horne has enjoyed talking with the coaches on the phone, he is hoping to finally meet with the coaches in-person, and discuss his recruitment.

So far, Horne has one top factor in finding the right school.

"My top factor is finding wherever I feel is most like home," said Horne. "I'll be there for four years, so I want to feel comfortable."

Horne has followed along with Northwestern's recruiting, and has stayed in touch with fellow recruits. One of those is Northwestern's first 2012 commit, Malin Jones. The two running backs met during their visit for Northwestern's game against Purdue, and have stayed in touch with Facebook.

"Malin is trying to get more recruits to come in, he's really high on Northwestern I guess," said Horne. "There's no other school that he's looking at, he bleeds purple."

Horne also stays in touch with another Northwestern target, fellow Wisconsin running back Vonte Jackson. Jackson is from nearby Kenosha, just 30 miles from Milwaukee. The two Wisconsin running back prospects are constantly in contact about each other's recruitment, and have been helping each other out throughout the process. Horne believes that Jackson will end up at Northwestern.

"I think Vonte (Jackson) might commit to Northwestern," said Horne. "(Vonte) wants to commit before the season. I think it's Northwestern, I doubt it's Wisconsin."

As for Horne, the running back is hoping the offers come in soon, and is hoping to narrow down his options. As for now, he is hoping to find a coach that he feels comfortable with, and Pat Fitzgerald may be that guy.

"I feel comfortable with Northwestern, because Coach Fitzgerald and the Northwestern coaches are all honest guys," Horne said. "I think I like them a lot."

Horne says he's not sure when exactly that decision will come, but if the right school offers, he will commit.

"I'll commit whenever the time is right, or if I get the offer that I desire, I'll commit on the spot," Horne said.

And is Northwestern one of those "desired" schools?

"Yeah, that's one of my big schools," he said.

As a junior, Horne rushed for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. Horne has also excelled in the classroom, with a 3.9 GPA, and ranking first in his class.


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