Wide receiver Monty Madaris wasn't the only recruit to commit to Michigan State on Sunday night. The Spartans also picked up a commitment from Milwaukee running back Marcus Horne, who will be a grayshirt in 2012, according to Allen Trieu. This means Horne will pay his own way for at least one semester before having a chance to earn a scholarship.
Horne is a two-star recruit on all four of the major recruiting sites and is ranked in the top 10 in the state of Wisconsin. There is some slight variation on where specifically he is in the top 10, as Rivals has him sixth, ESPN has him seventh and 24/7 Sports has him eighth.
Horne chose to grayshirt at MSU over accepting a scholarship offer from a MAC school. According to Rivals, he has offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Western Michigan. He also holds offers from a few FCS schools. For Horne, the opportunity to potentially have a scholarship someday at Michigan State was more appealing than being guaranteed a scholarship immediately at a lower level.
Because Horne is grayshirting, I am not going to add him to the list of commits for 2012, which you can check out below.
Michigan State Football Recruiting Class Of 2012
- DB Riley Bullough (Traverse City, MI) - 6'2", 195 lbs., ***
- OL Zach Higgins (Alliance, OH) - 6'5", 305 lbs., ***
- OG Benny McGowan (Centerville, OH) - 6'4", 290 lbs., ***
- TE/DE Evan Jones (West Lafayette, OH) - 6'6", 240 lbs., ***
- QB Tyler O'Connor (Lima, OH) - 6'3", 202 lbs., ***
- WR Kyle Kerrick (Coatesville, PA) - 6'3", 183 lbs., ***
- LB Jamal Lyles (Southfield, MI) - 6'3", 215 lbs., ****
- TE/DE Josiah Price (Greentown, IN) - 6'5", 239 lbs., ***
- RB Nick Tompkins (Snellville, GA) - 5'10", 185 lbs., ***
- WR MacGarrett Kings (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - 5'11", 178 lbs., ***
- WR Aaron Burbridge (Farmington Hills, MI) - 6'1", 175 lbs., ****
- DB Jermaine Edmondson (Canton, OH) - 6'1", 170 lbs., ***
- OT Kodi Kieler (Gibraltar, MI) - 6'6", 305 lbs., ***
- CB Ezra Robinson (Sarasota, FL) - 6'0", 174 lbs., ***
- S Mark Meyers (Toledo, OH) - 6'0", 180 lbs., ***
- DT David Fennell (Portland, OR) - 6'3", 275 lbs., NR
- WR Monty Madaris (Cincinnati, OH) - 6'2", 190 lbs., ***
(Height, weight and stars from Rivals.com)