NDSU may have hit a home run with it’s sixth recruit of the 2012 class. Marcus Horne is a 5’11, 190 pound running back from Bradley Tech High School out of Milwaukee. Horne was described by his high school coach Craig Bevilacqua as a ”freak of nature” who can bench about 390 pounds, has a 3.9 GPA, and loves the game. He has some impressive bloodlines, his cousin is Fred McAfee, who was a running back in the NFL, most notably with the New Orleans Saints.
Horne had college scouts drooling this past off-season, enough so that every school in the MAC offered him, outside of Northern Illinois and Ohio and Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern were interested in him as a preferred walk-on. Why he decided against the Big Ten schools according to Bevilacqua was that they wanted him to play defense, and Horne wants to be a running back. He was at the Northern Iowa game this weekend, saw the environment at the Fargodome and also saw that NDSU likes to run the football. That was the biggest selling point.
Horne is the first running back of the class, but figure already with Sam Ojuri, Matt Jones and Derrick Lang coming back, and who knows the status of Mike Sigers and John Crockett, it could be an awfully crowded backfield in 2012.
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