Signing Day Capsule: Avery Horn

Avery Horn is the 10th member of the 2007 recruiting class. A speedy running back out of Hanford, Calif., Horn possesses the type of speed that Michigan has lacked at running back for a long time. What brought this diminutive but quick running back across the country? Find out in the second GoBlueWolverine Magazine Signing Day Capsule.

Avery Horn
RB
Hanford High School
(Hanford, Calif.)
5-10/180/4.4
Star Ranking: ***
Position Ranking: 77

His Recruiting Story:
Avery Horn burst onto the recruiting scene with a strong junior season in 2005 that saw the 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back blaze his way past 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns. As a result, schools began to take notice.

Fresno State and Nebraska were the first two schools to take the plunge and extend an offer to Horn, but after a strong Nike Camp outing the Wolverines began to show more interest.

"The college coaches are still coming out to see me. Man, there have been a lot of coaches that have been here. Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Fresno State, Nebraska and some others have been here to see me."

Oregon, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State would also join the fray, but after the Michigan offer it was never in doubt where Horn wanted to continue his football career.

"I picked Michigan because it's a great school with a great football program," Horn told GoBlueWolverine Magazine. "Have I ever been to Michigan? Never, but, I'm friends with Johnny Sears who is from Fresno."

He announced for Michigan to end the process and end the pressure early, and, Horn is also a good student, reporting a 3.0 GPA. Both his father Alvin and Uncle Andrew played college football at UNLV.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary:
Avery Horn has potential to be the sleeper recruit of the class. His speed and ability to create when getting the ball in space could separate him from the rest of the running backs on the roster, but what will the coaching staff do to take advantage of his talents?

"I ran back-to-back 10.5's. That was my fastest time," Horn said. "I tried to run again to qualify and I ended up pulling my hamstring again. I didn't get it enough time."

As is the case with all incoming running backs, picking up the blocking schemes will go a long way in determining how much time Horn will see on the field this fall. With all the depth on the Michigan roster it might take a while for Horn to find where he fits in on the roster, but his speed could shake things up and add an extra dimension to the zone running game.

"He scored 24 touchdowns coming on rushing, punt returns and kick returns," Coach Clark at Hanford said. "Most of them are long runs and he is really jogging in the last 10 yards. He just has so much acceleration. He did have 1,800+ yards rushing as a Junior."

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