Following his weekend visit to the Kentucky Blue – White Spring Game, 4-star 2014 running back Mikel Horton has given his verbal pledge to Mark Stoops and the University of Kentucky football program. The 6’1″ 228 lb back out of Lakota West in West Chester, Ohio was holding offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, Florida State, Minnesota, and Purdue. Horton announced one week later at the Cincinnati Rivals camp.
He is a teammate of current UK commit Kyle Meadows and has expressed interest in playing with him wherever he signed. Meadows offered up these comments on Horton:
He is an unexpected playmaker. Since he is so big for a running back, you expect him to be slow or have not footwork. But he’s amazing. He has power plus speed. Last season was his first season really being as versatile as he could. He was used for pass blocking, running cutbacks, just doing whatever. He has another year to improve on that, but he’s a true athlete.
You have to see him play in person to really appreciate him. Based on appearances, he might look that great when you just see him. But he’s doing something right to have the status that he does and if you see him play, you’ll know why. He is the kind of guy you love to block for. All he does before a game is say, ‘Open a hole and, I’ve got you.’ I do it and he runs for days. He’s really good.
In 2012 as a junior, Horton made the first team all-conference team after rushing for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Mark Porter is the director of ScoutingOhio.com, and believes Horton could be the best power back in the 2014 class:
Horton is probably the best power running back in the Class of 2014. His ability to run between the tackles and churn out the tough yards is second to none and just when you think you have him bottled up that’s when Horton shows off his speed. This rare combo of size, power, and speed has college coaches taking notice and the offers are just starting to roll in.