As many of the nation’s top 2014 college football recruits are finishing up their junior year, most are sitting back and enjoying the recruiting process as they start to really consider what college they will eventually commit to. Not many, however, are like Lakota West running back Mikel Horton, who is finished with his college visits, and is ready to announce where he’ll be playing college football this Saturday at the Rivals Under Armour All-American Camp Series.
The 6-1, 230-pound Horton is ranked among the nation’s top running backs, and holds scholarship offers from the likes of Florida State, Louisville, Arkansas, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky. At Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, Horton rushed for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also a teammate of UK 2013 signee Kyle Meadows. A big reason for his impending commitment is that he’s graduating early, and is planning on enrolling into a college in January.
With the biggest decision of his football life coming up, Horton took the time to give us an update on his recruitment, as well as how his recent visit to Kentucky for their Blue-White game went.
Jason: First off, you visited Kentucky this weekend for the Blue White Spring Game? Tells us what was the atmosphere like, how the fans treated you, and how much of an impression UK left on you.
Mikel: “Ah, it was an amazing experience. It was unbelievable. I can’t explain it. There was only 2,000 people at the game last year, and it seemed like there were 60,000 this year.
I feel like the atmosphere was top-notch, the same as I saw at Alabama and Tennessee. It was as god as the top-notch SEC schools.
I’ve been to a lot of the SEC Schools, and I don’t look at them as any different than Kentucky.”
What other schools are recruiting you right now, and which have offered scholarships?
Where I’m graduating and leaving early, I’m getting a ton of offers. Kentucky, Louisville, Arkansas, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Florida State are at the top.
Indiana was my first offer, but Kentucky was my first SEC offer, so I built a real good relationship with Coach (Mark) Stoops, coach (Vince) Morrow, and the rest of his staff. Florida State was my first offer, and I have a good relationship with them too.
How often do you talk to the other Ohio football players that UK is recruiting, and potentially playing at UK together.
I know everyone from Ohio that they’re recruiting, which I think is an amazing thing. It’s kinda of like what Miami, the U built. It was a bad program that no one wanted to be around, and then they went and got those kids from the surrounding communities and top-notch schools around Miami, and they became a top-notch school. I really respect that.
I know and talk a lot to guys like Dorian Hendrix and Drew Barker. That’s the one thing we’re all trying to in persuading each other to play at the same college, play with your boys, and build that chemistry. I feel like that’s what Kentucky‘s trying to do, and I really respect that.
A lot of good players in Ohio are getting overlooked by the bigger schools, and Kentucky‘s going to get those players, and that’s what’s going to make them great.