LSU pursuing Worthing High's next big name

HOUSTON - You think sports talk radio is tough – try the local barbershop.<br><br>Getting some barbershop time in Houston's Sunnyside - an inner city Third Ward neighborhood - is strictly reserved for Worthing High School legends like NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, Cliff Branch and Otis Taylor.<br><br>After putting up back-to-back 1,000 rushing seasons, Colt running back Marcus Cross could be the next local great getting some much-deserved run.

"This summer, Worthing did some revitalization to the school with a few coats of paint," head coach Eddie Snow said. "When they did that, they painted over the plaques of some of our greatest athletes -- Singletary, Branch, Taylor, Cadillac Anderson… They aren't forgotten, but Marcus will certainly be our first plaque up there."


Cross – a 6-foot-1, l90-pound tailback – rushed for over 1,200 yards last season and is one of the area leaders in scoring and rushing this year. He has rushed for 832 yards on 118 attempts and has compiled 18 touchdowns and six extra points.


"Marcus is a versatile, slash player," Snow said. "We play him at running back and receiver. He combines speed, great hands and fearlessness that does not come around very often. He has been blessed.


"Marcus is our team leader, hardworking and is very focused. He is one of the best kids to have ever come through our program and we have had an abundance of talent at Worthing over the years," he said.


Outside of football, Cross runs the 100 meters and the sprint relay for the Colt track team and has been clocked at 10.5 in the 100-meter dash.


"I'm 100 percent football and really don't see pursuing track in college," Cross said. "Track has helped me because it has increased my speed over the years. I'm fast, but I have been known to stick my head down and run over people.


"I want to play tailback in college and have really worked hard on my open-field running," he said.


Cross will be taking official visits after the season and lists LSU, Florida, Kansas and Kansas State as his frontrunners. He participated in a session of Nick Saban's summer camp and left with positive things to say about the LSU coaching staff.


"I've been really busy talking with coaches and different schools, but I was very impressed with Coach Saban and his staff," Cross said. "I had a great time at the camp and felt very comfortable with the people and coaches there."

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