Kansas City (MO) Winnetonka top recruit Marquise Doherty has obliterated stat sheets the first two weeks of the seasons. After piling up three scores in the first week of high school football, Doherty followed up that performance with another edition that included four more touchdowns, giving him seven on the year.
Two of Doherty's scores have come on the defensive end, picking off a pass in each of the first two games and returning it to the end zone. Not only is he a two-sport start, but he's possibly somebody that could play both ways in college.
"I'm definitely happy with the beginning of this season," he said. "What's good about this year is that the offensive line has come out strong. The last few years it has been all about our skill positions. We are still very good there but our offensive line has come along very well."
Doherty and Winnetonka will try to take that momentum into their showdown against Lee's Summit West who boasts Missouri commitment Ryan Williams in the backfield.
"It's definitely something we're excited about," Doherty noted. "Starting 2-0 isn't something that's a given. We haven't bee noble to do this from what I can remember. The game against Lee's Summit West is a statement game for us. We're a class 5 team and they're one of the best in class 6. It's been circled on the calendar for a while. It will definitely be a good showdown. We can give them a shot as long as we come out with our best."
Looking towards his recruitment, Doherty has been calculated for his entire process, and his thorough approach has him nearing a decision. He recently named a final five list of schools that included Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri, and Oregon.
"It's all about taking the official visits and getting on the campus of the five schools I've narrowed it down to," he stated. "I want to sit down with the coaches and have an honest, productive discussion about dong both football and baseball. I need to find out where they see me on the depth chart in both sports. It's going to be how I feel at the campus and if I'm comfortable."
"I picked the five schools I did because I felt they were the most realistic options of doing both sports in college," Doherty added. "I felt from talking to all of the coaching staffs, they were the ones on board with me doing both, the most."
He's already begun to work on setting up some of his official visits, and one is set in stone.
"My official visit to Oregon is set up for November 21," Doherty shared. "I'm waiting on the staffs at Louisville and Oregon to get back with me on some dates. Next week I'll speak with Kansas State and Iowa about some dates as well. Five official visits is what I plan on but I could take one and decide and that's where I want to go and cancel the rest. Taking all five of them is the plan but I know it could change at any point so there's no definitives that I'm working under."
Doherty indicated in the past that the Cardinals and Ducks had been recruiting him the most, and were the aggressors in the pursuit of his services. The in-state Tigers are joining the mix in that race as well.
"Louisville and Oregon are still in contact with me the most," he admitted. "Coach Hill from Missouri is right up there with them, too. It's a bit more distant now that they're all into their seasons. I also spoke with Coach Kennedy from Iowa quite a bit, again."
"I'm actually getting recruited by Alex Ofodile quite a bit," Doherty laughed. "We're pretty close and talk often. He chats me up nearly everyday about Oregon."
The three-star running back and safety discussed Missouri, a program that has turned up their recruitment of him.
"It's only an hour and 45 minutes down the road from me," Doherty explained. "Everybody here grows up a Missouri or Kansas fan, but mostly Missouri. They're in the SEC. It's a very, very good football program. Their baseball program is up there too and they're rebuilding nicely. I just like it a lot after being there a few times. I like the coaching staffs they have in place for both sports. It's the school I grew up liking."
Doherty is being recruited as an athlete by Missouri, a running back by Iowa, Kansas State, and Louisville, and as a defensive back by Oregon.
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