Five Stand Out for Horner

Dennis Horner, a 6-foot-7 small forward, has some outstanding programs giving chase. A strong spring heated up his stock and now he's checking to see who is interested.

bsecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit isn't exactly a must-stop on the recruiting trail but Dennis Horner is out to change that. The 6-foot-7 skilled small forward used some outstanding spring events to raise his national profile.

Horner averaged 16 points and 8 boards as a junior, but it wasn't until he hit the spring AAU circuit with South Jersey Select that his stock improved. Not only did it improve, Horner surprised himself in the process.

"At first it was just schools like Rider and Monmouth," Horner said, "the low D-I's around this area and then all these big schools started to get into the mix."

Did they ever! He officially visited N.C. State but then the Pack accepted a commitment from Dan Werner and that took them out of the running. Not a problem, Horner has options.

His list reads West Virginia (offer), Virginia Tech, Villanova, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.

Villanova says it will see him in July. Notre Dame wants him to visit officially and Wake Forest wants a trip as well.

For now, the Mountaineers, whom he made an unofficial visit to, have the slight edge. "I guess you could say they are [leading]," Horner said. "Coach Beilein is a great guy, I like him a lot."

"I might go back to West Virginia for another official visit. I was going to go down to Virginia Tech but since after school you can't go on any more official visits. Virginia Tech doesn't have a scholarship for me yet but they think will in the future."

Horner sounds like the patient type who could wait and see who jumps in. "I didn't start getting noticed until late. The period ended and they couldn't see me anymore. Once they can see me again, maybe more schools will come in."

Horner has plans to attend Reebok ABCD Camp and the NBA Player's Camp in late June.

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