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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2024 WR Jaylan Hornsby A Versatile Athlete With Notre Dame Interest

February 19, 2023

Jaylan Hornsby‍ is certainly a versatile athlete.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is a standout basketball player who has played rush end for Camden High School in the past and is could play some safety for the Panthers in the future.

But where he really stands out and where his own future is likely to be is at receiver.

“He's just a freakish athlete whose better football is ahead of him,” Camden head coach Rob Hinson says.

“Just his length, his athleticism, his hand-eye coordination and he's still raw. He's only played like 12 games, but just his ability to get in and out of breaks, high-pointing the ball. He's a competitor.”

One area Hinson expects to see improvement in is route-running.

“He hasn't really had any position training other than in-season stuff because he's always doing AAU basketball during the offseason,” the coach says. “Dealing with press coverage is going to improve, just awareness. He's working to improve.

“He's going to be really special for us.”

College coaches see somebody who can be special for them as well, which is why he’s received offers from schools like Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Boston College, Duke, Michigan and Georgia among several others.

Notre Dame is one school that certainly has his interest, according to Hinson.

“He definitely wants to get there to see them at some point,” says Hinson. “The name obviously for one, the marketability after college is a big thing. Notre Dame, I guess is probably next to the New York Yankees as one of the top three or four recognizable sports entities in the world.

“If you have a degree from Notre Dame, you can write your write your ticket. From an athletic standpoint, networking standpoint, worldwide recognition. It offers a lot besides being able to play on the highest scale football-wise, just what it does off the field as well is equally attractive.”

A visit is expected in the coming months.

“I'm not quite sure exactly when this spring, but I know they're trying to get out there this spring,” says Hinson. “If they can't make it then, then they'll try the official visit as early as possible because we don't really want the process to drag too far into the season.

“We want to try to get it done before the start of the season if we could, so he's going to try to get out there as soon as he can.”

Many of the regional schools are coming after Hornsby hard, but he is a true national prospect.

“Rutgers, being the home school is all over him pretty good,” says Hinson. “Pitt is really, really all over him. Syracuse, Penn State, Michigan, everywhere, Oregon.

“He's just going through the process because he's kind of new to it. I had guys in the past who started out early, like in ninth grade, so they were like savvy recruiting veterans. Right now, he's just taking his time to learn the schools and then make a good decision with his family.”

Off the field, Hinson calls Hornsy “a super, super kid.”

“He's kind of quiet a little bit until he gets around his friends then his personality comes out. But for the most part, he's a reserved kid, likes to laugh, likes to joke, but he's a really good kid and not a loud, boisterous crazy kid. Everybody gets along with him. Comes from a good family, just a good kid.”

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