Horky checks out Tennessee

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The life of a long-snapper isn't going to land a football player on the cover of many magazines but it's a vital role in the execution of extra points, field goals and punts.

The staff at Tennessee is hoping to pry one of the country's best at the skill from roughly 3 hours west of Knoxville in Wesley Horky, who took an official visit to Rocky Top this weekend.

"The biggest thing this weekend was all the support that the football players get not just while you're there but afterwards like the Vol For Life program and the academic support and the Thornton Center," Horky told InsideTennessee. "A bunch of great guys are helping build that program. It's a special place, it really is.

"The teammates…I met a bunch of them and they're all really personable guys. I like them a lot. They're all good people, and I think I fit in pretty well with them."

Along with the Volunteers, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are some of the programs actively pursuing Horky.

Horky is 6 feet 2, 210 pounds and snapped for Ravenwood (Tenn.) High School.

He joked that he and the other official visitors were so well-fed his weight may be well above 210 at this point: "We ate so much!"

Ravenwood is in TSSAA District 11-AAA with neighbor Independence High School, which is where Tennessee commits RaShaan Gaulden and Vic Wharton played. The pair were on the visitor list alongside Horky this weekend.

"I know them," said Horky, whose Ravenwood team went 6-0 in 7-AAA play, including a 30-14 win over Independence back in September. "I didn't know them that well before the visit.

"We've been spending a lot of time together this weekend, and they've been asking me where I'm going to school and wanting me to come to Tennessee."

Ethan Wolf is a former Scout four-star tight end that just arrived on campus earlier this month. The Ohio native was Horky's player host.

"I thought he was a really nice guy," Horky said. "He's cool. Spent a lot of time with him. He's a really nice guy."

The mid-state talent plans to return home Sunday and could have a decision as soon as this week about his college destination.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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