Loyola TE a renaissance man

He could be the next Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, or Django Rinehardt. Odds are, however, that this emerging TE prospect from Loyola High School in Los Angeles will be realizing his athletic potential while developing his musical ear and honing melodies for the guitar.

For one, few guitar prodigies are blessed with Michael Horgan's size (6-5, 230 pounds) and speed (4.74 in the 40) and suffice it to say that none of the aforementioned guitar masters would have much luck on the gridiron (Rinehardt's missing digit would have proved to be a stumbling block). Yet it's the route Horgan's football career has taken that is most telling about this renaissance tight end prospect.

The son a music teacher, Horgan says he'd like to major in music theory in college, and football is likely the ticket that will get him there. But with a 3.7 GPA and a 1390 on the SAT, his school of choice is certain to have a high academic reputation, and his short list of Stanford, Cal, Washington, Penn, and Columbia reflects this.

Horgan was spotted at the Stanford Nike Camp by Bobby Kennedy, and Washington's recruitment of him has proceeded since then, and along with Arizona, Washington is the school that is making the biggest play for Horgan who still awaits his first offer. But Horgan's frame and wheels, coupled with his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands and allow others to do so should be enough to convince D1 coaches.

Interestingly, tight end is a new position to Horgan this year--a change brought about by a new emphasis on the passing game at Loyola. Horgan's phone should start ringing incessantly once Pac-10 coaches get his film. "None of these schools have really seen me play tight end, so it hasn't gotten real involved yet," Horgan told Dawgman.com. "But other than that, the other schools, they don't know a whole lot about me. I'm thinking they're just waiting to see me play this year and it'll pick up."

Expect this songwriter's recruitment to take off soon.

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