Army offer a surprise for Sanford

Three offers in three days have come in for Marquez Sanford of Westside High School in Macon, Ga. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete has started his senior season in a big way with five interceptions in five games which caught the attention of Mercer, Furman, and Army. Although Mercer and Furman had been talking with Sanford, he tells ArmySports.com that the Army offer arrived "out of nowhere."

"It was just three days ago that I received my first offer from Mercer," said Sanford. "Then two days ago Furman came in. Then it was Army yesterday. I didn't even know that they were looking at me. I hadn't received any letters [from Army] or anything. Coach Mitch Ware is who offered me. He talked about my speed at wide receiver and mainly my route running ability. He said they're looking at me on both sides of the ball and on special teams. They think I can do big things in the return game.

"Army is a huge offer for me. To be able to represent your country with football and with being a cadet is an amazing opportunity. I have two older brothers who are in the service so going into the military is something that's crossed my mind more than once. Coach Ware explained a lot about West Point. I'm figuring out now about my official visits and when I can take them. I'm definitely going to be looking at Army now."

Sanford says there are about half a dozen other schools showing interest like Marshall, MTSU, N.C. State, and Western Kentucky. He says his fast start to the season has helped attract this kind of recruiting attention.

"Most of the programs had been talking to me previously but wanted to see how I'd do this year," he said. "I think they're looking at my film and think that I've picked right up where I left off as a junior.

"My decision, when I go to make it, will be based on the coaching staff. I want a staff that will take me under their wing and help me to develop as a player. I'll probably play cornerback in college so I want to look at the different defensive styles and how they use the defensive backs."

At Westside, Sanford thinks his 5-0 Seminoles going all the way to a AAA state championship is a "big possibility." He's been an integral part of the team's success with three of his five interceptions going for pick-sixes, a punt return for a touchdown, and two receiving touchdowns on offense.

"This team has a huge shot at going all the way," Sanford said. "I'm doing what I can for my team from a leadership standpoint. This year I'm more explosive but at the same time I'm focused on the fundamentals of the game."

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