Panthers CB Jaycee Horn lends support to promising 2023 recruit

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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Jaycee Horn
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Carolina Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn gave up his time to help a promising young high school prospect eligible for college in 2023.

Although Jaycee Horn has yet to play a down in the NFL, that is not stopping the Carolina Panthers cornerback from helping out those who are looking to follow in his footsteps.

The cornerback is coming into the league with a big reputation after a standout college career at South Carolina, which was enough for those in power within the organization to take him at No. 8 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Horn’s made a notable impression during the Panthers‘ early offseason program. His size, athleticism, and alpha mentality have gone down extremely well so far. This is a solid foundation from which to build when the pads finally go on during training camp and the preseason.

Players are currently enjoying a mini-break from team activities before Carolina makes its triumphant return to Wofford College in Spartanburg as preparations gather pace for their Week 1 opener against the New York Jets.

The son of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn is obviously resting and building up his game away from the organization. But he’s also given up time to assist a promising high school player that isn’t eligible for college until 2023.

Carolina Panthers cornerback Jaycee Horn surprises a high school prospect.

As part of his ongoing work with defensive backs specialist, Oliver Davis II, at Sweet Feet Sports Performance, Horn and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons passed on their expertise to Aaron-Joshua Harris, a young prospect currently shining for Glenwood School situated in Phenix City, Alabama.

Talk about an incredible experience.

Learning from two of the top three defensive prospects taken in this year’s draft.

Harris is a 6-foot-2 cornerback that has two years of development left before it’s time to pick his college destination. He is also listed as a wide receiver in a secondary position and is a notable kick returner at his current level.

Whether Harris makes it into the pros or not is anybody’s guess at this stage of his development. However, this is an unbelievable memory the teenager will not forget in a hurry.

Horn’s immediate fortunes are more assured.

He recently penned his fully-guaranteed rookie contract and will get plenty of responsibility thrown his way right from the word go on a talented Carolina defense that is capable of making some real noise next season.

This is just the latest example of Horn’s desire to become a role model and leader. Something that was evident on countless occasions during his time with the Gamecocks and clearly loved by head coach Matt Rhule throughout the evaluation process.

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Carolina got a good one in Horn, who is sure to relish the challenges that lie ahead. If he can reach or even exceed expectations, the Panthers will finally have a shutdown corner they’ve been seeking for quite some time.