|Position:||WR / S / QB / PR|
|School:||Detroit Country Day School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan|
Brandon Horn played wide-receiver on offense and safety on defense. He even played quarterback a little bit during the first couple of games. On special teams, he returned punts.
Brandon will be taking an official visit to Happy Valley on the weekend starting January 25.
"We just verbally confirmed it yesterday with Coach Paterno and Coach Vanderlinden," Brandon's father Edward Horn said. "We set it up for the 25th."
Brandon will first take official visits to NC State (1/11) and Northwestern (1/18).
Each of those schools has offered Brandon a scholarship. Several other schools including Nebraska, Georgia Tech and Kentucky have offered as well.
According to his father, Brandon had 35 catches for approximately 700 yards, 4 interceptions (including 2 returned for touchdowns), 2 punt returns for touchdowns, over 60 tackles and 17 total touchdowns.
Brandon has excelled on both sides of the ball.
"A lot of schools like Brandon for defense because he can hit," his father said. "They like the way he hits. He's very physical."
Brandon, however, would like to play wide-receiver at the collegiate level. He is primarily considering those schools interested in him playing on the offensive side of the ball.
Penn State coach Ron Vanderlinden is recruiting Brandon as a wide-receiver.
"They came on the scene pretty late," Brandon said. "I had already set up my other visits before [Coach Vanderlinden] came to my school. I guess he knew my coach (Dan MacLean), so he came in and watched film. I guess he liked what he saw."
"The [Penn State] coaches like his size, acceleration and physicalness," Brandon's father said. "They mentioned that they liked how he makes things happen after he catches the football. They also like his explosiveness when the ball is in the air. And, I think probably the best compliment of all, was that they said he has soft hands. That's not just Penn State, that's the other schools as well."
Brandon does not have a favorite team at this time.
"I think I'll know which one I like the best when I come back from my visits," Brandon said. "Right now, I can't really say."
Brandon is not sure how much distance to a prospective school will factor in to his decision making process.
"I looked at a lot of schools to determine if they were too far from home. The only reason I picked NC State is because my sister goes to college in North Carolina. She goes to NC Central which is not far [from NC State].
"They have a team on the rise, I think. The last 2 or 3 seasons have been pretty good."
Brandon has been to both Northwestern and NC State before.
"I went to camps at Northwestern in 9th grade, so that's what sparked my interest in them. And, NC State, I've been there once or twice when I visited my sister."
Brandon has not yet visited Penn State, but is somewhat familiar with the team.
"I watched them a couple of times. I watched them when Virginia beat them in their last game, and I watched them when they beat MSU. That was a good one. They have a pretty good team."
Brandon is planning on taking all of his official visits before making a decision. He may squeeze one more visit in before signing day.
"I still talk to Nebraska. They called me about an hour ago. They're still a possibility because I have that one extra weekend (the first weekend in February)."
Brandon is looking for a school with a "good passing game", preferably one that would afford him a good chance at early playing time.
Brandon is qualified academically. He scored a 22 on the ACT.
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