Clark Visiting Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Recruiting never sleeps and this weekend, Kansas State will play host to one of the JUCO ranks most explosive players.

Marquez Clark was a potent offensive force for Navarro College this season. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver set NJCAA records in receptions with 98 and receiving yards with 1,639. Clark was named 1st team NJCAA All-American in the post-season because of his exceptional achievements for the Bulldogs of Corsicana, Texas. After trips to Houston and Pitt, he's ready to make his third official visit to Kansas State during the weekend.

"I'm going to leave tomorrow," said Marquez Clark. "I'll just go up by myself and stay Friday through Sunday. Right now it's just Kansas State for me. The coach at Pitt just left for ASU, and the coach at Houston left for Texas A&M. So those two schools are probably no longer an option."

Clark also has an an offer from Memphis who recently fired Head Coach Larry Porter. He's hoping the situation in Manhattan, Kansas is to his liking or he may have to start again with the entire recruiting process.

"I was supposed to graduate in December," Clark explained. "It's looking like that's not going to happen, and I'll have to wait until spring with the way things are. To be honest, I don't know a lot about Kansas State. I was just on the computer and saw that they don't throw as often as I like. I wanted to play in more of a wide-open offense."

Before enrolling at Navarro College, Clark played at Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas with the dynamic LaMichael James. Clark took the JuCo route and has blossomed this season working with new wide receivers coach, Ryan Belsher. In addition to putting up prolific numbers catching balls he also handled all of the Bulldogs' kickoff and punt returns.

"Coach Belsher has helped me elevate my game," said Clark. "I've improved on my route running and on my breaks. Going to Navarro has been a business trip for me with the goal of playing Division 1 football. It's taught me a different way of life with being able to handle time management and how to practice and prepare mentally for games."

The Bulldogs went 10-2 on the season and earned a trip to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas. The Bulldogs defeated New Mexico Military Institute 40-24. Clark had 10 catches for 142 yards and four kick returns for 115 yards.

In addition to All-American honors, Clark was also named Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) League MVP. Navarro College finished the season ranked No. 5 nationally.

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