"Coach Coombs and Tresey made me feel like part of their family and I really liked how they coach."
Two early statements during our interview with newest Bearcat commitment Bruce Horner set the stage for a great conversation. The defensive back from Michigan already had a person he trusted and looked up to on the Bearcats roster in Aaron Webster. During camp he found a great comfort level with two of the coaches he'll be dealing with on a day-to-day basis as well.
"I look up to Aaron and all the things he's done. He's been like a big brother to me for so long and having the chance to play with him in college is great. I believe it's the right team for me."
While Horner is quick to point out he's worked hard and followed a lot of things Webster has done, he was quick to point out before camp on Tuesday one area his former high school and soon to be college teammate will always be ahead of him. "Tattoos, Aaron's got me beat there and I don't think I'll be trying to catch up with him." It's a fact, Aaron Webster has over 40 tattoos and his Bearcats teammates are always asking him the number count.
Tattoos aside, the fact Horner will be leaving his home state of Michigan didn't play too much in his decision making.
"It's only like a three to four hour drive, my mom and dad will be able to come watch all of my home games so leaving Michigan was never any problem in picking a school."
A good student Horner is looking to study natural science and hopes to become a meteorologist in the future.
During camp Horner did a great job projecting what wide receivers were going to do and his performance impressed the Bearcats coaching staff enough to make an official offer after his evaluation.
"I'm the total package. I tackle well and break on the ball real well. I'm also a leader and understand the importance that plays in the game of football. I still need to work on my game and know I can get better at my ball judgment skills and staying lower in my back pedal."
While his trip to the Cincinnati campus was his first, Horner saw enough in one day to know it was the right place for his college education and football career.
"I really liked everything I saw while I was there. I really like how the campus feels and the facilities are second to none. The stadium is great and I really like the weight room. The coaches were great and made me feel at home."
Horner is looking to come into his freshman year and compete right away for playing time. He's very impressed with the recruiting class Brian Kelly has already received commitments from and has even talked with one he's a friend with.
"Darrin Williams and I have already talked and we're both excited about coming to Cincinnati and playing for Coach Kelly. While I don't know all of the guys yet I'm sure I'll have a chance to meet them very soon."
While Bruce Horner still has a year of high school to complete it's easy to see he's focused and ready to start his college career as a student-athlete on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.