Jaycee Horn is one of the hottest names in the world of recruiting in the South.
Tennessee was the second of several schools to offer the 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back.
Horn said he has exchanged messages on occasion with first-year Tennessee defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.
“(Warren) seems like a pretty cool guy, but he seems like he will stay on you,” Horn said. “He reminds me to work hard. He reminds me of all the Tennessee greats and stuff. He sends me videos of how exciting and how fun it is to play in Tennessee’s stadium.”
Wake Forest was first the first to offer Horn a scholarship. Georgia State is the most recent. In between are a double-digit number of others that have come in the last month.
“Tennessee had called, and I was already excited about Wake Forest,” Horn said. “I was ecstatic when I got the Tennessee offer. I know Tennessee is a great school.”
He plays at the same Alpharetta (Ga.) High School that produced Tennessee Volunteers Andrew Butcher and Joshua Dobbs as well as walk-on offensive lineman Tommy Sprague.
“I don’t know them personally, but I just hear my coaches talk highly of them a lot,” Horn said. “They just remind us to work hard how those two and several others did.”
The Raiders standout has a general idea of what his strengths and weaknesses are after speaking with several college coaches in the past few months.
“They just like my range and my athleticism,” Horn said. “They like how I play the ball in the air and how I touch up receivers at the line.
“They see me as a corner but only one school (Penn State) is asking me if I would be interested in safety or if I want to try playing safety.”
The defensive back plans to visit Alabama (Feb. 25), Duke (Feb. 18), Mississippi and Tennessee for junior days.
"Every school is open right now,” said Horn, who’s spent a portion of his youth in both Georgia and Mississippi. “I haven’t thought about it too much. I think Tennessee is a great school, and it’s definitely somewhere I can play.”
The Peach State standout’s brother played at Northeast (Miss.) Community College after being at Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) High School and hopes to find a four-year program at which he can walk on. Jaycee’s father is Joe Horn, who was a four-time NFL Pro Bowler and played professionally against Ray Buchanan, who’s the father of Tennessee freshman cornerback Baylen Buchanan.
Jaycee Horn said he plans to work out this spring instead of participating in another sport at Alpharetta High, including going to The Opening Atlanta at Buford High School on March 26.
“I’m just going to train for football and try to work on my speed and gaining weight.”