December 4, 2009

Horford has in-state program on top

Rumors began swirling this week that Grand Ledge (Mich.) three-star power forward Jon Horford was still in play as a possible addition to Michigan State's 2010 recruiting class. Even Grand Ledge coach Tony Sweet was on a Lansing-area radio show Thursday and he mentioned that his star big man was still talking with the Spartans.

Looking to separate fact from fiction, SpartanMag.com caught up with Horford Thursday night to find out the latest in his recruitment.

MSU now has four players signed in its 2010 class, leaving the Spartans tight on scholarships, though Tom Izzo has mentioned he might fill a fifth spot during the late signing period. Most believe that spot is reserved for Mt. Pleasant four-star wing Trey Zeigler, who is also looking at Michigan, UCLA, Central Michigan and others.

Horford, who met with the MSU coaching staff last month, is well aware of the Spartans' scholarship situation, and as it stands now, he's not considering a future in East Lansing.

"I'm not too interested in the situation," the 6-foot-9 Horford said. "Maybe in the future, like near future, certain circumstances might make me want to go to Michigan State. But right now I'm not really looking at them as an option."

Though MSU, a school once considered the favorite, is fading out of Horford's recruiting picture, at least five other programs stand strong with him.

"The schools that have stepped up most recently are Michigan, Kentucky, Minnesota, Alabama and Providence. Those are probably the top five schools that I'm talking to on a regular basis," Horford said, adding that Kentucky is the only school that hasn't offered.

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