Ask Markus Phox for the impetus of the dramatic turnaround the Wichita (KS) Collegiate Spartans have undergone since beginning the 2011 season with two straight losses, and he makes it sound simple.
The Spartans have reeled off six consecutive wins after falling Sept. 9 to Rose Hill (KS) High, and while they continue their resurgence Phox himself is in the middle of an impressive junior campaign.
A dual-threat quarterback, he has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, while adding 769 yards (an average of 8.45 yards per carry) and another 11 touchdowns on the ground.
His efforts have attracted early attention from a number of college programs, many of whom he visited - and camped with - during the summer – including Baylor, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Stanford.
Of that group, Phox said Kansas, Kansas State and Stanford have been in contact most frequently, typically via mailings. The Duke Blue Devils have recently thrown their hat into the ring as well.
"I went to a lot of camps this summer," he explained. "It's always good to get out there early just so coaches can put a body and a face, and a personality, with the name and the videotapes."
Phox has taken unofficial visits during the season to Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri, though he has no other trips scheduled in the immediate future.
"I think we're going to take a break," he said. "We might go see some basketball games somewhere during the winter or the spring, just to see if I like it."