2023’s Jeremiah Horace is a punishing bruiser with the pigskin in his hands | Youth1

2023’s Jeremiah Horace is a punishing bruiser with the pigskin in his hands

Jeremiah Horace is one of the best players from the Sumter, SC area in the Class of 2023.  


The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Horace, who attends Sumter High School, is a dynamic player that works as a running back. 



Horace has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as being selected for All-Diamond and All-Manuel.

Horace is humbled by the accolades. 

“Those accomplishments make me want to work harder and earn more,” Horace said. “It was a great experience for me and my family to travel a little and meet others from all around the world.”

Last season, Horace finished his freshman year with 12 touchdowns and 832 yards. 


No matter the opponent, every game Horace is determined to give it his all. 


Horace is going all out. 


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Horace steps between the lines.


“My mindset is touchdown, touchdown, touchdown!” Horace said. “Hit the hole with explosiveness and get as far as possible.”


Horace has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Horace tells why he enjoys the game of football so much. 


“The sport of football is a getaway from everything going wrong in my life,” Horace said. “Those 4 or more quarters I’m in my own world, my own zone where I feel like I can really be myself in every way.”


Horace has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life. 


“Fear nothing no matter how big, how tough, or how hard the situation may be,” Horace said. “Never back down.”


Horace shares his favorite memory of playing football.


“My favorite memory is scoring the game-winning touchdown for my spring championship game,” Horace said. “The stands and sidelines were filled with excitement and it felt like everything in that moment was perfect. I’ll never forget the moment!”


Horace takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Horace makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“Chemistry and leadership is key to the game of football. If you don’t have those 2 things there is know way possible for your team to be successful. I try my hardest to treat all of my teammates as brothers just like any other team!” Horace said. “The best advice I give is to keep your head up no matter what and never underestimate anyone.”


Horace is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“Every coach I’ve ever played for has always told me the sport of football builds you up to be a man and if you back down from the sport now you’ll do the same thing in real life,” Horace said. 


Horace patterns his play after these ball carriers. 

“For pros/college Saquon Barkley. I love the way he carries the ball and makes moves to get out of the back field. I look up to one of my old teammates as well. You all may know him, his name is Trevion Henderson,” Horace said. “Ever since middle school I’ve looked up to the way he plays the sport and always learned a little from him and also Robert Briggs as well who is a teammate of Trey as of right now.”

Horace lists history as his favorite subject in school. 


“I’ve been very good with numbers since I was a kid but I really love to learn about my history,” Horace said. “I love learning about the past and knowing what happened before I came.”


Horace explains his collegiate aspirations. 


“Penn State is my dream school,” Horace said. “I love everything about the school.”

Horace maintains a rigorous schedule to stay sharp.

“I do a lot of footwork and ladder drills,” Horace said. 


Horace is striving for greatness in all that he does. 


“My goal for high school is to finish with a 4.5 GPA,” Horace said. 


Horace describes what he believes separates himself from the pack. 


“I have a purpose to play the sport. Every day I push myself to be better then the next person, be better than myself,” Horace said. “Every day I want to be a better me, and make a better way for my family to live so we no longer have to worry about not knowing how to gather money together.”


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