Mikel Horton (West Chester, Oh./Lakota West) received his first scholarship offer last week from Indiana, and he has his sights on receiving additional offers from Big Ten football programs.
He is interested in learning more about the Hoosiers, but right now he is unsure what the team has to offer him.
“I’m very interested in Indiana,” he said. “I know the coaching staff, but not as strongly as I need to. I just got the offer, so I need to learn more about Indiana first.”
When asked about Michigan State, Horton said the Spartans are in fact recruiting him.
“I’ve been shown a little interest from Michigan State, “Horton said. “I’ve heard from coach Harlon Barnett and I’ve been getting some letters, but hopefully during my senior year they come up with an offer.”
Horton is 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds running back who has the frame of a larger-sized running back. Michigan State utilizes power backs with the same body type as he has, and that has caught his eye.
“They like the big-back sets like what they do with Le’Veon Bell, which is something I like,” he said.
However, a team’s preference in running back size is not the only thing he is interested in when it comes to where he will play in 2014.
“I’m looking for a winning team with good chemistry and a good offensive line,” he said. “I’m looking to go to a school where they run the ball 70 percent of the time.”
Based on the way Horton talks, it sounds like he is most interested in Ohio State. He will take his second visit to Columbus in a few weeks for the Michigan game. The new regime at Ohio State has done a tremendous job turning things around. It may be too hard for other Big Ten and Midwest schools to out-recruit the Buckeyes for Horton’s signature on a letter of intent.
“I like Ohio State a lot because I’m an Ohio kid. The atmosphere and the team are outrageous. Urban Meyer is one of the best coaches, from my perspective, in the NCAA,” he said.
His current list of top schools includes Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Indiana. He plans to take official visits to Virginia, Indiana and Michigan State this winter, and these visits will play an integral part when making his final decision before his senior year.
“I hope to have my school selected before the start of my senior year,” he said. “I’d like to get the stress and the pressure out of the way, so I can concentrate on my season and my school work.”