Reedley's Horn wanted to be closer to home

After going through Rich Rodriguez's tumultuous first season at Michigan, current Reedley RB Avery Horn (5-10, 195) decided he wanted to move closer to home. caught up with the talented running back recently and he updated us on things including what he's looking for in a new school following the 2009 season...

"Things there just changed after coach (Lloyd) Carr left," Horn told "I got some playing time last season, but I just wasn't happy there. One of the reasons I went there was because it was a family thing, I felt like I was part of a family, but when the new staff came in I really got homesick and I wanted to come back home.

"It was nothing against that staff there or anything like that. I just wanted to get a new start and be closer to home."

Horn had offers from across the country as a standout running back at Hanford High School in California and as a redshirt freshman with the Wolverines last season, Horn saw spot duty as a return man, posting a 20 yard average on five returns.

After looking around a bit in northern California to find a school that needed a running back, he decided Reedley was the place for him.

"The staff here is great and I really like their system here," Horn said. "I just felt like it was the right place for me, so I moved here in the spring and was here for spring ball."

Horn has a good blend of size and speed that should make him appealing to four-year schools once he lets them know that he's not at Michigan anymore.

"I tried calling Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State and a couple of other schools to let them know I was leaving," Horn said. "This program always has people go D-1 so I'm not worried about getting attention. It will come if I have a big year here."

Horn is a 4-2-4 player, so he must receive his AA degree before he can sign with another school. He expects to have that wrapped up by May of next year and wants to sign his letter-of-intent in February.

Wherever he ends up he'll have two years to play two so he said he hopes to find a school in need of a running back.

"I want to find a school that needs help there because I only have two years left," Horn said. "I don't want to just be handed the job, but I want a real chance to earn some playing time.

"I also know I want to stay on the west coast so that I can be closer to home. Other than that, I just want to find a place that has the right feel and has a good system and academics. I'd be happy if I found a place like that."

We'll have more from Horn in the near future as recruiting picks up once the season gets started.

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