Marquis Spiker

Four-Star WR Marquis Spiker Recaps Visit to Washington, Could Check out UCLA/USC Next

Vista Murrieta (Calif.) wide out Marquis Spiker took a visit to Washington over the weekend and the Huskies are sitting in a good spot right now for one of the nation's elite pass catcher.

Marquis Spiker is one of the top receivers out West and is coming off a big junior season. 

Spiker is a big, physical receiver with great hands and body control. He runs better than given credit for and can stretch the field and is as good as you'll see in jump ball situations. He should be a major red zone weapon from the second he hits a college field and has a ton of upside to him.

On the recruiting front, the Washington Huskies have been recruiting Spiker harder than anyone for the last year and the athlete took a visit to Seattle over the weekend.

"It was a great visit, I liked it there a lot," Spiker said. "I flew in Thursday and out on Sunday so I was on campus all day Friday and Saturday. Friday I did the campus tour, saw the dorms and the football facilities. Everything was brand new and it was really nice. I haven't been to a lot of schools so don't have a lot to compare UW to, but it was really nice.

"The coaches are great there and I felt very comfortable. It's a real family atmosphere and the coaches are really easy to talk with. They gave me a lot of great insight about the school and the football program and I feel really good about Washington, it would be a really good fit for me."

Head Coach Chris Petersen made a very good impression on not just Spiker but his family as well.

"My mom and sister came up with me and they loved him," Spiker said. "They both said Coach Petersen reminded them of my grandfather, just a real nice, genuine guy. We talked a little on Friday but Saturday is when we sat down and really talked football. We watched video of the offense and went over my fit in their scheme. 

"They threw 40 touchdowns to just receivers last year and they showed me how the move guys around and get them open. They feel l can play inside or outside and compared my role to how they use Dante Pettis but also think I could do some of the same things they did with John Ross III."

As for if he was tempted to commit on the visit, Spiker said going in, he didn't want to make that kind of decision without meeting the new WR coach first.

"Bush Hamdan was really recruiting me hard for a while now and we had a good relationship," Spiker said. "It's not a deal breaker at all that he's not there any more, I know they'll bring in a new WR coach who will be just as good, but I just want to meet him first and see how we connect. 

"Right now, me and my quarterback Hank Bachmeier are planning to go up and visit UCLA soon. The new OC Jedd Fisch reached out to us and wants us to come down so we plan to do that pretty soon here. I think I'm also going to visit USC with some of my guys at Chaparral, Justin Dedich and Steven Jones but we don't have a date yet or anything.

"I think there's still a good chance I'll make an early commitment, probably sometime in the summer. My main focus right now is my academics and getting everything in order there so I really haven't talked to that many schools. I talk to Washington more than anyone and that's a big reason why they're on top right now but I'll play things out a little more and then go from there."

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