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Hun OL Joe Horn Jr. commits to United States Naval Academy

Hun center Joe Horn Jr. has always been a person of principle.

Thursday afternoon, on the day that Americans celebrate their independence, Horn Jr. decided to continue his education by also giving back to the country.

The three-star rising 6-2, 305 pound senior picked the United States Naval Academy from a list of three schools, and now goes into his last season with the Raiders able to focus on his football and academics.

“It was the best academic and athletic opportunity I had, I believe, for me and my family,” Horn Jr. said Tuesday at the Sunshine Classic game. “We just feel that it will set me up for the rest of my life, not just the next four years, but the next 40.”

Horn Jr., who was an All-Area selection last season for the Raiders thanks to his dominance on both sides of the ball, was also considering Massachusetts and Villanova, but decided on the Naval Academy. 

“There was definitely a lot of research,” Horn Jr. said. “Picking a school in general at the Division 1 level, and really any level, is a hard decision to make, especially when you have multiple opportunities given to you. But with the academies, you have to figure out what you want to do after your athletic career.”

Hun is coming into the 2019 season off a 7-1 campaign last year, and won the MAPL League title with a 21-16 win over Peddie. Horn Jr. is currently rehabbing from a broken fibula, but is ahead of schedule, and should be back on the field by the time training camp begins at the end of August.

“I broke my leg four weeks ago, had surgery three weeks ago, so I have another three weeks until I am back on the field,” Horn Jr. Said. “So I will be back for August and preseason.”

He has played in and around numerous Division 1 players in his time short time at Hun, and has benefitted greatly from the knowledge learned from them, and the coaching staff at the school.

“I transferred to Hun from Notre Dame before last year,” Horn Jr. said. “I had a great experience at Notre Dame with those coaches and the school, but being able to surround myself with other great talent, in a good, competitive environment, definitely helped me make myself a better player.

“The coaches have helped so much here as well. I want to thank Coach Smith for changing my life with giving me the opportunity to go to Hun. I want to thank Coach Bolis, my offensive line coach, for helping me develop my skills. My Hun strength coach, Coach Akauola, has made me a tremendous athlete in this past year, and has been a mentor to me off the field. I have to thank my Notre Dame strength coach, Coach John McKenna for being not just a strength coach, but a role model. And finally, coach Keith Zimmerman at Nottingham, who is a family friend and who coached me from the age of four. 

“All have played a huge role in making me a Division 1 football player.”

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