Just three days ago, four-star Alpharetta High School (Georgia) cornerback Jaycee Horn released his top-seven schools.
“It came down to the relationships I have with the coaches at those schools,” Horn said about his list. “There were schools I wanted to put in there, but when I looked at it those schools in the top-7 were the ones I had the best relationship with.”
His list included five SEC powerhouses in Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina. Ohio State from the Big Ten was in there, along with just one school from the ACC — the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
“Wake Forest is in that list, and some people will be surprised by that to see them with Alabama and Ohio State. But Wake Forest was the first school that took a chance on me, and they’ve maintained a good relationship since then,” Horn said. “They’ve stayed with me, no matter how many offers I’ve received. I might go there — they’re one of my top schools. I talk to coach Sawvel almost two-or-three times a week. I talk to coach Cohen. I think we have a great relationship, and I can’t wait to get back on campus.”
Horn has established strong connections with other Georgia-based players either at Wake or on the way in the summer, including safeties Cam Glenn and Troy Simon.
“Another friend from the area is Peyton Woulard, who just committed to Wake,” Horn said.
“We all have a little group message. They all sell me hard on Wake.”
Horn has enjoyed the recruiting process so far.
“I’m enjoying it. I’m just now starting to narrow it down, taking everything into consideration,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll have a decision soon. It could be before or after the season, but hopefully I’ll be able to determine which school will be the right fit for me.”
Wake’s strengths play to what Horn is looking for in a college.
“Academics are a key factor. The most important thing to me is relationships with the coaches — primarily my position coach,”he said. “I want to make sure wherever I go that we’re familiar with each other. I also want to have a good feel for how they coach.”
Horn came to see the Deacs work out during spring camp, and was pleased with what he saw.
“Went to watch a practice, and see how (defensive coordinator) coach (Jay) Sawvel runs drills for his DBs. I learned about the small classroom and the academic environment,” he said. “I’m excited about the connections that can last beyond football. It’s a 40-year decision, not just a four-year one. That’s what I like about Wake.”