Throughout much of the offseason, Romeo (MI) 2019 linebacker pointed to this past weekend as a key point in his recruitment as he took part in Michigan State’s elite camp.
And now that the elite camp is now in the rearview mirror, Horne left the camp as one of the top performers in the entire showcase and recapped his effort with Spartan Nation.
“It feels good,” he said. “A lot of pressure has been riding on this day and we’ve been waiting for this day to show the Michigan State staff what I have and to do so well is a good feeling.”
Following his impressive showing in East Lansing over the weekend, Horne had the opportunity to speak with #5 Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio and said that the conversation was productive and was told that Dantonio intends to watch his performance from the camp, which could lead to an offer from Michigan State.
“It was a good conversation, coach Dantonio just said that he needs a little bit of time to watch the film from camp and watch my film from my junior season,” he said. “They’re basically going to go forward from there and they’ll let me know soon whether they’re going to offer me a scholarship or not or if they’re going to take it out to early in my senior season and come out and see a game, that type of thing. But he did say I did really well today and they’re definitely leaning towards a good way, basically.”
Horne currently holds 10 offers, a list that includes Iowa State, Central Michigan, and Harvard. Along with his serious interest from Michigan State, Horne has also received heavy interest from Michigan and Jim Harbaugh.
While Horne didn’t grow up a fan of Michigan State, he has become more of a fan over time because he feels the football programs holds and values a lot of the same qualities that he has as a player.
Horne is an old school football player. He plays like a young man that would prefer a leather helmet and fewer pads. He is a thumper. A tough as nails football player that plays a violent game as one of the perpetrators and not a victim.
“Their football program, they build it on things and characteristics that I like to consider myself as when it comes to football,” he said. “Your grit, intensity and toughness, all of those things, when you think of that, you think of Michigan State and those are things I like to consider myself as. So it’s mainly like their program and the vibe around that team
When it comes to his camp performance, Horne said that he went into the weekend with the same approach he takes for any game and is pleased with his performance while going up against some of the top recruits in the country.
“Basically, I treated it as if it was going to be a game on Friday night for me because that’s how important it was to me to perform well,” he said. “So the night before, I was sitting there, envisioning doing well at the camp, something I’ve always done before games, envisioning making a big play, a big run, a big run stop, that type of thing. So I treated as a game, so as the camp went on, I think that kind of helped me be loose and it was just a surreal experience because you know that most of these guys were invited to be there and these are some of the best players from around the Midwest. When you do well against them, it makes you feel even better.”
Horne is the next man up for the Spartans when it comes to an offer. He has the speed of a Chris Frey and the power and acumen of a Max Bullough. After his stunning display at the MSU Elite Camp, he showed the Spartans that he is “ELITE” and he will either play for them or against them in the future.
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