His coach calls him a “physical freak” because of his size and speed, and Ohio junior running back Mikel Horton has Kentucky among the schools he’s most interested in.
“He is truly an exceptional athlete for the size he possesses,” said Lakota West coach Larry Cox. “I think that is what separates him from most running backs. As far as a person, he’s a really good kid, too. He’s very respectful. He is a hard working young man. But on the field, he’s pretty much a freak.”
The 6-1, 233-pound Horton is ranked among the nation’s top 25 running backs. He has so many scholarship offers that Cox has lost track.
“I think Kentucky, Louisville, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Boston College are his top schools right now. He has talked about Cincinnati, too,” Cox said. “Others like Florida, LSU, Alabama are still flirting with him, but have not offered. He is sitting in a good spot. He got a good ACT score the first time out and just has to focus on his grades now. He is going to graduate early, too.”
Cox says Horton sometimes amazes him with what he can do on the field.
“He does things I have never had a kid do,” Cox said. “I have been coaching a long time and the things he does, you just don’t see many, if any, do with the combination of strength and speed that he has. I have a kid at Alabama starting at center and at Texas starting at linebacker, so I know what big-time talent means. When I say he is a physical freak, I know what I mean.”
Horton is even running track for Cox this season.
“He is on the 4×100 (meter) relay and also doing the 110-meter high hurdles. It’s his first year doing the hurdles, but he has really grasped it well,” Cox said.
His coach thinks he could grasp the offense that Neal Brown runs at Kentucky just as well.
“I think the way they are looking at it right now is if they have a big back and you don’t commit to stopping that back, he can gouge you for big yards,” Cox said. “He catches the ball well, too. He has really good hands. That is an added dimension that has taken his game to a different level.
“Some people look at him and think he is just a big fullback. But they are seeing he can catch and do more. He is not just a big back. He is a big, athletic back and he can run. He has good vision and sees the field well. He’s really a complete back.”