MSU, UM in two-team race for Philly star Slocum

The list of schools for defensive lineman <b>Marques Slocum</b> from West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pa., is now down to two, and both are in the state of Michigan. <br><br> GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke recently with Slocum about his final two schools, and when he'll announce his decision. <br>

Michigan State is hoping for better results this time as it again faces off against in-state rival Michigan for a major recruit. Four-star defensive lineman Marques Slocum from West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pa., will decide between the two Big Ten schools later this month.

"It's down to Michigan and Michigan State," Slocum said. "Neither one really leads and I'll decide and announce on Jan. 19."

Slocum had originally planned to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 15 in San Antonio, Texas, but said all the announcement slots had been filled. He said moving the date to the 19th will give him the maximum amount of coverage for his announcement.

The 6 foot 6, 335-pound star plays on both sides of the ball for West Catholic, but said both schools are recruiting him for a spot on the defensive line. The No. 12-ranked defensive lineman in the country according to is a Pennsylvania Class AAAA all-state first-team selection on defense this season.

Grades have been a concern for Slocum, and it appears he is close to qualifying. "I scored an 820 on my SAT and have a 2.3 grade-point-average," he said. "I'm going to take the SAT again on Jan. 29." In order to qualify, under NCAA standards, Slocum will need to either raise his test score or his GPA. If he maintains his 2.3 GPA he will need to score 900 on his SAT. If his SAT score remains at 820 he will need to raise his GPA to 2.5.

Slocum said the head coaches for both schools on his final list have made their in-home visits, and the decision will come down to where he feels most comfortable. He visited Michigan State on Nov. 11, and was in Ann Arbor for his official visit to Michigan on Dec. 10. He was slated to visit Maryland on Dec. 17, but decided to cancel that visit and not take any others.

West Catholic's season ended with a disappointing 29-0 loss to Archbishop Wood in the Championship Game of the Catholic League Blue Division. It was the second-consecutive loss in the Championship game for the Burrs and gave them an 11-2 record on the season.

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