Lakota West junior running back Mikel Horton verbally committed to the University of Kentucky Saturday during the Rivals.com Under Armour Elite Camp at Lakota West High School.The camp included top recruits from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. When being named the camp’s offensive MVP, Horton pulled out a UK hat and announced his commitment.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Horton has received interest from Penn State, Michigan State, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi State, as well as offers from Florida State, Boston College, Louisville, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Miami (Ohio), Indiana, Minnesota, Kent State, Toledo, Bowling Green and Western Michigan.
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Lakota West head coach Larry Cox admitted he was surprised that Horton made his commitment so soon.
“I will be honest, I advised him to wait,” Cox said. “He talked about Florida State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, UC and Louisville. Those were sort of his top five, but he has done his homework. I can’t tell you how many visits he has done. It is not like he made this decision blind.”
Cox said Horton visited Louisville twice, Kentucky three times, Cincinnati, Miami, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Alabama and Florida State.
According to Rivals.com, Horton is a four-star recruit and is ranked No. 22 among running back prospects in the class of 2014. He is also ranked No. 209 nationally among all recruits in that class.
In 2012, Horton rushed for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns.
On Feb. 6, his teammate offensive tackle Kyle Meadows (class of 2013) signed on to play football at UK. Meadows picked UK over offers from the likes of Louisville, Ohio, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Akron, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Indiana, Florida State, Purdue, Kansas and North Carolina State.