Minnesota and Western Michigan offered Lakota West junior running back Mikel Horton on Wednesday, according Lakota West head football coach Larry Cox.
Horton, who has received interest from Louisville, Penn State and Michigan State, also has offers from Indiana, Kent State, Toledo, Bowling Green and Kentucky.
In 2012, the 6-foot-1, 228-pound Horton rushed for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Horton is expected to visit Alabama this weekend.
“Horton is probably the best power running back in the Class of 2014,” said Mark Porter, director of ScoutingOhio.com. “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.”
In November, Horton was named to Rivals.com 250 Prospect Rankings list for the class of 2014. He was one of four players from the region to make the list, which also included Walnut Hills defensive back Nilijah Ballew, Conner (Hebron, Ky.) quarterback Drew Barker and Colerain wide receiver Trevon Hudson.
Rivals.com is listing all four local athletes as four-star recruits.
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