He's "Gold" on and off the field

Defensive back Marcus Gold, from Irving, Texas, has as many football accolades as he does academic honors and plans to visit K-State for Junior Day.

Kansas State hasn't offered him yet, but Marcus Gold wants to know more about the Wildcats.

The 5-foot-10 180 pound defensive back from Irving, Texas will get his chance April 3 when he visits Manhattan for Junior Day.

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Northwestern have all offered this prep star so far and Gold has received interest from Notre Dame as well. Gold, also a running back, just returned from Junior Day at OSU and plans to attend the summer camp at Northwestern and the Nike camp at A&M.

Though playing free safety in high school, he is being recruited as a defensive back, capable of playing cornerback as well.

But as far as the Wildcats are concerned," They're prestigious, a top 10 program, big school in good college town, and great fan support," said Gold, who runs a 4.40 40-yard dash. "They go to bowl games every year, compete for the Big 12 each year, and have a chance to win a national title."

The only visit next fall that Gold, who is being recruited by Bob Elliott at K-State, said is a for-sure visit is at OSU, where his older brother Greg will be sophomore running back next season.

"I'm not sure about the others yet," he said. "I want to make sure I know who really wants me and I'm not there yet. I just want to see what all my options are and be in position to go the best school for me."

Gold, who also shines on the special teams return units, had 103 tackles and four interceptions this season. He plans to run the 200 and 400 meters in track this spring.

But in addition to his first-team all-district and all-city accolades on the field, Gold excels in the classroom. He has a 9.50 GPA on a 10-point scale, which ranks in the top 20 of his junior class. He is class president and currently nominated for the President's National Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C.

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