"I committed to Coach Nutt just a few minutes ago in our meeting," added the former Army All-American. "I just felt like Ole Miss was the best fit for me."
The 6' 2, 210 pound safety out of East Central CC was named the MAJC North Region Defensive Player of the Year after collecting 111 tackles and 2 int's on the season. This does not surprise many considering the reverse transfer from the University of Florida was rated the #3 safety in the country coming out of high school.
"I am looking to help Ole Miss get to Atlanta next year. That is all everyone is talking about there. It is all about getting to Atlanta next year, and after watching them at their practices, I feel like they can do it."
The former Gator had a chance to take
in two Ole Miss practices and liked what he saw.
"I wanted to see how Coach Nutt treated his players at practice. Was he hands on? And in those two days I was there, I did not see Coach Nutt yell one time, and if he did, he had a smile on his face. He was just so relaxed and I could tell that he really loved his players. That made an impact with me, and was a big reason why I choose Ole Miss. I was also kind of surprised at how many good players they have. Florida had a lot of good players too, but Ole Miss has just as many. That really caught my eye. Their defensive line is awesome. I have never seen anything like those guys. They are going to just make it that much easier for us (in the secondary). They have great linebackers. And their secondary looked solid, but I think I can be the missing piece. They have some good safeties, but I might add a little something extra to the group."
The coaches at Ole Miss were the clincher.
"They believed in me before anyone. That meant a lot to me. They treat me great. They make me feel like I am already playing for them. Coach Nutt and I had a heart to heart a while back. I actually drove over to Oxford and met with him a while back. He wanted to meet me face to face, and I respected that. Coach (Kim) Dameron has been honest from day one with me. I just felt a bond with Coach Dameron from the first time we spoke. He has given me a lot of direction, and I appreciate that. Those guys are already like father figures to me. I told Coach Nutt that I would never let him down, and he gave me a hug and told me that he would like for me to be a part of their family because he believed in me. I am going to give it all for him, my teammates, and for Ole Miss when I get over there. I just can't wait to get over there."
Hornsby's player host for the weekend has something in common with Jamar.
"Kendrick Lewis, man, everyone thought we were twins because they said we look so much alike (laugh). He kept telling everyone that he was much better looking than me, but I think he knows the real deal (laugh). Really though, you can't get a better person than Kendrick. He just basically opened his arms as soon as he met me and took me in. Kendrick introduced me to everyone on that team. We all just all clicked. It was not like, here is this new guy trying to come take my position. Kendrick said come join our family and lets get to Atlanta next year. They just made me feel like I was already a part of that team."
When does the Jacksonville native report to Ole Miss?
"I will be there in May."
Hornsby was also offered and was being heavily recruited by Alabama, Kentucky, and Oregon.