Illinois Football: Illini targeting proven winner in 2022 QB Sam Horn

The Illinois football team is the running for the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the 2022 class, as they offered Georgia’s Sam Horn.

Horn becomes one of the Illini’s latest offers in what has been a busy week in the recruiting world. At 6-foot-4,190 pounds, Horn has turned some heads as the starting quarterback of Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia.

The Orange and Blue offered Horn back on February 2, adding to an extensive list of Power 5 institutions who have taken notice of the young prospect. Including Illinois, he has looks from Louisville, Michigan State, Duke, Florida State, Florida, and Kentucky, to name a few.

Horn is currently listed as a four-star recruit with his Crystal Ball projection leaning towards Tennessee out of the SEC, though things can change at a moment’s notice. As for Horn’s Eagles squad, the club managed to finish the 2020 season with a stellar 12-3 mark and a 4-0 record in league play. Their regular-season success propelled them to the semifinals of the state playoffs, where they would fall to Grayson, 38-14.

The team will look to replicate its success in the fall of 2021 and beyond, as Horn will enter his senior year looking to complete unfinished business and contend for a state championship against some of the league’s most elite teams.

In the loss to Grayson, Horn accounted for 252 passing yards and a 74.5-percent completion rating. In all, he threw for 3,910 yards while completing 65-percent of his passes and tossing 41 touchdowns. A repeat, or close to that, could see the Eagles in a similar position around this time next winter.

What would Sam Horn bring to Champaign?

One word that comes to mind for Horn is synonymous with southern high school football: winning. Horn’s presence in the pocket is something that the Illini have lacked for a number of years, and stability at the quarterback position is something that the team will have to address throughout Bret Bielema’s tenure, if not immediately.

Horn’s junior season highlight tape can be viewed below, as the offers continue to pile up for one of Georgia’s most talked about players.

The Illini need to keep Horn on their radar as they begin their rebuild to national prominence once again. Only time will tell, as the recruiting train rolls on.