Jaycee Horn had declared Alabama as his recruiting leader for more than a month, but there’s a new No. 1 team.
Horn, a 4-star cornerback from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, told SEC Country that South Carolina is now the favorite to land his commitment when he makes his decision. The Crimson Tide are now running second. Horn had told SEC Country a little less than two weeks ago that Alabama had remained his leader.
How did Alabama lose its lead for one of its top cornerback targets?
” ‘Bama just fell off with the relationship,” Horn said. “They are making other corners in the state more of a priority than me. I know that I’m South Carolina’s No. 1 guy.”
It might be true that the Tide are prioritizing other Georgia cornerbacks such as 4-star prospects Kyler McMichael and Kearis Jackson, who wants to play wide receiver in college. Horn does have an offer from Alabama. The staff is high on him.
Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley reached out to Horn on Wednesday when he was informed of the news. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was expected to stop by Alpharetta High School on Wednesday as well.
Jaycee is the son of former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn.
One factor for why South Carolina overtook Alabama is because of Jaycee Horn’s strong relationship with the Gamecocks staff.
“I talk to Coach [Will] Muschamp at least once a week and me and [defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson] text all of the time,” Horn said. “I just have a more comfortable feel with them right now.”
So what can Alabama do to get its lead back?
“It’s all about relationships,” Horn said. “That’s all. I don’t expect for them to change anything. I mean, it’s Alabama. They are going to be great regardless.”
Horn has no timetable to make a decision.
At 6-foot-1, 173 pounds, Horn is a 3-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for 2018 recruiting. McMichael and Jackson are 4-star prospects.