Markus Phox talks K-State visit

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Richard Stover talked with the athlete who was on campus for the spring game, taking in the hone state Wildcats.

In-state prospect Markus Phox has made several spring visits including one to Manhattan for the Wildcats Purple/White game. The 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back plays at Wichita Collegiate School, a private, college preparatory school with highly regarded academics and athletics.

"The visit went well," said Markus Phox. "I liked the DB coach and the wide receiver coach. They're looking at me as an athlete, so I went to both the DB meeting and wide receiver meeting. The whole staff is a lot like my high school's. It's a close-knit, family atmosphere which is what I'm looking for.

"I was impressed with what I saw from the team at the spring game. They looked strong on offense and defense. I'm looking forward to seeing how well they can do this year. I'd love to play there.

"My Mom's a big Kansas State fan. She's from west Kansas, and her whole family loves the Wildcats. My Dad stays neutral. He doesn't want to influence where I may go to college."

Phox made the trip to Kansas State with his family and Myles Copeland, a teammate at Collegiate who has accepted a preferred walk-on role at Kansas State. While Copeland and in-coming Oklahoma State recruit manned the Spartan defense, it was Phox's job to run the offense at quarterback.

"As a sophomore I thought I played well," said Phox, "but this year I was a guy who stood out. I became the main offensive player and felt like I did a better job of performing to my full potential. I improved the most on my toughness.

"I've never played wide receiver just quarterback and safety, but we have a junior transfer who's a quarterback. I may move to receiver with more opportunities to get the ball in the open field."

Phox did pass for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed 1,100 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, so keeping him under center as a senior wouldn't be a bad option for the Spartans who finished 8-3 in 2011. Phox had four interceptions in the secondary and 75 tackles. He's not resting on his laurels and is hitting camps this summer in hopes of landing his first offer.

"I went to spring games at Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, and Tulsa, and took an unofficial to Kansas," Phox stated. "I'm going back to all of them this summer for camp.

"I'd love to go play for a competitive team that regularly plays in bowl games. I like schools with tradition and big fan bases. I want to play with a team and not just a bunch of individuals out for themselves.

"My ultimate goal is to make the NFL, but I know a small percentage get the chance, so going to a good academic school is probably the most important thing for me."

At an NUC combine in Wichita, Phox ran a 4.51 40-yard dash.. He has a 6-foot-2 wingspan. From an athletic family, Phox's father played quarterback at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina. He reports a 4.0 GPA and a score of 30 on the ACT. Phox wears No. 6 for the Collegiate Spartans.

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