Will DT Marques Slocum Make the Grade?

Five-star defensive lineman Marques Slocum is one of the top players signed in the Michigan recruiting class of 2005. Concerns regarding his academic qualifications have swirled since Signing Day in February. On Friday, Scout.com Eastern Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels spoke with Philadelphia West Catholic head football coach Brian Fluck to get the latest on Slocum's eligibility.

Defensive tackle Marques Slocum of West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, wowed Michigan fans with a dominating performance in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. The five-star standout showed why he was one of the most sought after prospects of the year. However, concerns about Slocum's academic standing have been brought up since his signing with Michigan. Scout.com Eastern Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels spoke with West Catholic head coach Brian Fluck to get an update on how Slocum is progressing.

"He's about 80 points away on the SAT," Fluck said. "He has to get that or raise his GPA, we should know by June 7th-8th if he's going to make it or not."

If the 6-foot-5, 335-pound Slocum doesn't make up the required test score or grade-point-average, what are his options? "If he does not (make the grades or test scores) then he'll likely go to Milford Academy in New York," Fluck said.

However, Fluck implied that should Slocum need to take the prep school route, his star player will remain a Wolverine. "Slocum is solid with Michigan," Fluck said.

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