Camden High School junior Jaylan Hornsby has heard from four more Power Five schools and will visit Syracuse on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Hornsby caught four passes for 127 yards in a 41-0 win over Paulsboro. Kevin Emmons/D2 Sports Network
CAMDEN (N.J.) - Four-star wide receiver and defensive back Jaylan Hornsby reeled in four receptions for 127 yards in the Camden High School football team's 41-0 triumph over Paulsboro on Friday night.
The junior's stock continues to rise as evidenced by his contact with Duke, Tennessee, Oregon and West Virginia in recent weeks.
"I've been talking to Duke, Tennessee," Hornsby said. "Oregon just reached out. West Virginia, too. I know they were here (against Paulsboro). I'm hoping West Virginia offers this weekend."
The junior currently holds scholarship offers from Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, Illinois, Temple, UConn, Stony Brook, Towson and Syracuse.
The Orange were the latest to offer after a visit on September 23.
"It was a good experience," Hornsby said. "Syracuse got some good things going on. And we got two Camden alumni playing on defense, starting there. It was just a good experience seeing them playing."
The Class of 2024 athlete will also attend the Orange's showdown against No. 15 North Carolina State at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. It will offer Hornsby the opportunity to see Camden graduates Darian "Duce" Chestnut and Alijah Clark compete in the secondary against Timber Creek graduate and current Wolfpack signal caller Devin Leary.
"The atmosphere out there is crazy," Hornsby said. "I don't think I've seen nothing like it. I'm going back up there to experience it again against N.C. State. It's going to be fun."
The junior also plans to join the Panthers' nationally-touted basketball program in the winter.
On the hardwood, Hornsby was named the 2021 South Jersey Sports Zone Rookie of the Year and the 2022 Tri-County Conference Player of the Year after averaging 20.2 points per game at Overbrook. As a sophomore, Hornsby helped the Rams post a 21-5 record and reach the South Jersey Group 2 quarterfinals.
The junior will join a roster that includes potential 2024 NBA Draft first overall pick D.J. Wagner, Kentucky commit Aaron Bradshaw, Saint Louis commit Cian Medley, Albany commit Cornelius "Boog" Robinson, Division I recruit Desear Haskins and high major prospect Billy Richmond, among others.
"I've always been around Camden, but actually getting to see the culture that Camden brings to the football team, basketball team, it's been a good experience to be honest," Hornsby said. "It's a lot of good things going on out here and I'm just happy to be a part of it."
More importantly, he understands to not take his experiences and opportunities for granted.
"It's a blessing," the junior said. "My mom reminds me of that every day. I take every opportunity that I can and just work hard."