- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Junior running back Mikel Horton (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) is in the process of collecting more offers, but he said his recruitment could come down to the two teams he saw live Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Horton, who already holds an offer from Indiana, took in the Michigan-Ohio State game in The Horseshoe on Saturday.
"It might come down to Ohio State and Michigan as my two choices," Horton said.
Although the Buckeyes defeated Michigan and capped off a 12-0 season, Horton said he was a neutral observer through it all. He is taking the mentality of a recruit and not a fan despite playing his football in Ohio.
Horton wants to play in the Big Ten, so he is not counting out any programs.
"The strength and tradition they have on both sides of the ball in Ohio State and Michigan and how serious they took [the game]," Horton said. "They said it's not a game, it's a war and it was like that in my eye.
"I show very strong interest in both schools."
Horton said he liked the demeanor of the Ohio State coaches and players, especially when a call wouldn't go their way.
While watching Michigan, Horton said he liked the type of team Brady Hoke is building. As a bigger running back, Horton wants to play on a team that emphasizes physicality.
"I want to be on a team that's physical and a team that can get me the ball," he said.
Earlier this season, Horton made a visit to Ohio State for the California game, but he said this was a much different atmosphere.
"The atmosphere was more intense than any other game. It was an eye opener," Horton said. "My first Ohio State-Michigan game, that was a big thing for me."
Indiana, Michigan State, West Virginia and Wisconsin are four other programs Horton is highly interested in. Only the Hoosiers have offered.
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