Marquez Clark Talks Official Visit

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Marquez Clark, a sophomore wide receiver from Navarro Junior College, was in The Little Apple during the weekend for an official visit. It was Clark's third official visit after trips to the University of Houston and the University Pittsburgh. With recent coaching changes at both of those programs, Clark was hoping the third time would be a charm at Kansas State.

KStateFans caught up with Marquez following his Official Visit to Kansas State this weekend and he had good things to say about the visit.

"It went pretty well," said Marquez Clark on the visit. "We toured the campus and the indoor facilities. I got to see a little bit of everything. The city is outstanding. I've never seen so much purple in all my life. It has a special college town atmosphere."

Clark has planned on graduating in December, but with his recruiting in limbo he thought he may have to postpone graduation until he found a home. After a good visit to Kansas State, that option may still be in place.

"I should be deciding sometime this week," said Clark. "Kansas State is on top for me right now. I'm still looking at Houston and Pitt, so I haven't made my final decision yet. I'd like to have it done while it's still December."

Houston and Pittsburgh currently have interim coaches running their programs. Memphis, one of the schools involved in Clark's recruiting, recently named Justin Fuente as their head coach. Staff stability is something you can count on with Bill Snyder at the helm.

"Coach [Michael] Smith is a cool guy," Clark said on the Kansas State wide receivers coach. "He's down-to-earth and will keep it real with you. He complemented me on being a good player. He said he liked my route running and thought if go there I would make a big impact on the offense.

"Most of the offense goes through the quarterback. My player host was Chris Harper. If we're both there next year I hope they will open it up a little more in the passing game."

Clark, 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, played at Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana. He enrolled at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas following graduation. This season he set NJCAA records in receptions in a season with 98 and receiving yards in a season with 1,639. He was named 1st team NJCAA All-American and Offensive MVP of the SWJCFC conference.

"This season I got better in change of direction after the catch," said Clark. "I can do a spin move with a 360 or stop on a dime and take off the other way. I got good hops and can go up and get it. If I can find the open field, I got 4.4 speed and get hit that extra gear. I'm not going to coast on what I did in Corsicana. My goal is to continue to get bigger, stronger, and faster."

Navarro College went 10-2 on the season and earned a trip to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas H.O.T. Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas. Always the playmaker, Clark had 13 catches for 186 yards (both bowl game records) and had four kick returns for 115 yards in the 40-24 win against New Mexico Military Institute. The team finished with a 5th national ranking in the final poll in Nick Bobeck's fourth season as Bulldog head coach.

Kansas State is also heavily involved in recruiting Navarro teammate offensive tackle, Tavon Rooks. Adding Clark and Rooks would certainly help the Wildcat offense next season. Clark wore No. 11 for the Bulldogs. He came up one receiving touchdown short of a school record with 15 on the season.

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