Welcome to Manhattan Mr. Clark

MANHATTAN, Kan,. - Coming off an official visit to Kansas State, Marquez Clark said the Wildcats were on top heading into national junior college signing day. In the days that followed, nothing changed Clark's mind as he signed a Letter of Intent to Kansas State. He talked about it here...

"This evening I signed with Kansas State," said Marquez Clark. "They were my favorite school, especially after the visits. I saw the way the team has bonded with one another. I also liked the campus and the coaching staff. I'm happy that I get to continue to play with Tavon Rooks too."

Kansas State, known for bringing in several junior college players each year, picked up two from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Clark, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound wide receiver, set school and NJCAA receiving records in his sophomore season. He'll be joined in Manhattan by Bulldog teammate, offensive tackle Tavon Rooks.

"If I wasn't sure I was going to wait and graduate [from Navarro] in the spring," he said. ""I really liked Pitt and thought hard about playing there. In the end I felt like Kansas State was a place I can come in and compete for playing time right away and make a big contribution in their offense."

Clark said he will arrive on campus in January ready to enroll. There are a variety of things the Wildcat coaches can do to get the ball in his hands. At Navarro College he handled both kickoff and punt return duties. He's been clocked in the 40-yard dash a shade under 4.4.

"Looking forward to spring practice," said Clark. "Of course I want compete to get on the two-deep by the end of spring. Right now, I'll prepare for that by staying in the weight room and working on speed conditioning so I can be at my fastest and strongest when we start."

The coaches are hoping Clark's presence can help boost the passing game. The Wildcats only passed 32-percent of the time in 2011 and only had one receiver, Chris Harper, with more than 500 yards receiving.

Clark graduated in 2010 from Liberty-Eylau High School in Bowie County, Texas. He was named 1st team NJCAA All-American this season at Navarro College.

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