Has Sears Made his College Choice?

Fresno (Calif.) McLane S Marte Sears received a verbal offer from Arizona State in the spring, and has received interest and game invites from every school out West this fall. He is rated the No. 99 safety nationally by Scout.com. With the season winding down, Sears has all but decided his future for the next level…

Marte Sears (6-4, 190) passes the eyeball test, but playing for the 0-8 McLane Highlanders does not give him the opportunity to showcase his talent. He starts at quarterback and free safety. At QB, his offensive line gives him little time, and his receivers cannot create separation. At FS, he has to over compensate for below average corners and the linebackers that miss tackles. Sears is often coming up from his safety spot in run support or overextending himself in pass defense.

He had decent showings at the Stanford Nike Camp and UnderArmour/Scout.com L.A. Combine. But the offers have not followed.

"All the Pac-10 schools are sending me invites to go to games," said Sears. "But no offers."

Arizona State verbally offered Sears in the spring, and schools like UCLA, Colorado State, and Fresno State showed much interest over the course of the year. Nonetheless, Sears is not discouraged about the lack of serious attention.

"If I don't get the right offer, I am going to COS," said Sears.

That is College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where former legendary Fresno-Edison DB coach Tony Perry coaches the Giants secondary.

Sears says he has no worries about going the JC route. He says playing under Coach Perry for a few years can get him where he wants to be in terms of landing the right college scholarship. He reports a 2.7 GPA, but he has not taken his SAT. Sears says he has not scheduled to take his test. However, he understands it is not needed if he enrolls at a California junior college.

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