This Football Prospect's Stock Is Rising

A defensive standout discusses his recruitment as he prepares to take his first official visit to Auburn.

Alexander City, Ala.--With good size, good speed and good results on the football field for three years under his belt, Marquies Gunn has been identified as one of the better prospects in the state of Alabama since his junior season on a state championship team.

Although Benjamin Russell was unable to repeat as Class 5A state champion, Gunn's stock has continued to rise. The six-foot-four, 208-pound outside linebacker/defensive end came through with 22 quarterback sacks for the 9-3 Wildcats. Those are the kind of numbers that attract college coaches like the ones at Auburn, who are bringing him in for an official visit this weekend. Having 4.6 speed in the 40 doesn't hurt, either.

Another number he added to his resume made him an even more attractive recruit. Gunn says he just got his ACT result and came through with a qualifying score of 20 to go with his "B" average so he is in good shape to be ready to play college football as a freshman wherever he signs.

"I am going in to Auburn, check everything out and see what it is all about this weekend," says Gunn. "I am scheduled to visit Arkansas on the 18th and Louisville on the 24th." Gunn adds that he is also being recruited by South Carolina, Troy State and Alabama. "I think that is about it," he says. "We haven't set up the South Carolina visit, but we are on the way to getting that done."

Gunn is shown during game action for the Wildcats.

Benjamin Russell posted a 9-3 record this season before being eliminated by Williamson of Mobile. "We had a pretty good season, but it could have been better after winning the title the year before." Russell said the 2001 BRHS team was special to be a part of because "we had all-around players who were able to step up at big times." Auburn signed one of those players, linebacker Tyrone Martin, however, he injured his neck in the opening game vs. Southern California and was told by AU team doctors that he had to give up football because of the risk of severe injury if he continued to play.

Gunn is one of four Benjamin Russell seniors being recruited as football prospects. Defensive back Eric Brock is scheduled to visit Auburn the 17th and he is being recruited by a variety of SEC programs. Gunn says he expects wide receiver John Russell and quarterback Clay Harrelson to get the chance to sign college football scholarships, too.

Gunn participates in two sports for the Wildcats. He is currently 3-1 as a wrestler, competing in the 215-pound class.


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