Marcus Sherels Gets Recruiting Interest

Marcus Sherels, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back from Rochester (MN) John Marshall, was named honorable mention Associated Press All-State last season as he led the Rockets to a section title and 9-2 mark. He is the younger brother of Gophers linebacker Mike Sherels, who has emerged as a starter after being a former walk-on. Sherels ended his senior season with a 32-8 loss to Farmington and GoldenSports.Net caught up with Sherels after the game to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Marcus Sherels rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior and rushed for 100 or more yards in seven of nine games for the Rockets. They finished their season 5-4 with their loss on Tuesday.

Sherels was held to just 36 yards on 16 carries by a rugged and aggressive Farmington defense. However, the Rockets were able to utilize him as a wide receiver as he caught nine passes for 100 yards. He scored the Rockets' lone touchdown on a 1-yard run and caught a pass for a two-point conversion.

Sherels also plays on the Rockets' basketball team.

What is the latest on your recruitment? Your brother Mike had mentioned Northern Iowa as a school that was interested in you. Who are you hearing from? 
 
"UMD is calling me. Southern Dakota, Northern Iowa, Winona State and Minnesota."
 
Anyone close to offering a scholarship yet or it is hard to tell?
 
"It's hard to tell right now. I'm just going to see how things go."
 
Have you been to any college games this season?
 
"I went to the Gophers-Florida Atlantic game. I plan on going to a few more."
 
Gives you another reason to come with your brother playing. He was playing very well before getting hurt and is expected to be back this week.
 
"He is playing good."
 
Are you looking at Division I opportunities as a walk-on possibility?
 
"That would be a lifetime opportunity. Whatever I can get."
 
Or would you prefer to get a scholarship?
 
"I think that Division I would be the ultimate goal. If I had the chance to play there anytime, I would take that, whether walk-on or scholarship."
 
What position are teams looking at you as?
 
"Defensive back, running back or slot wide receiver."
 
Mike is a 6-foot, 235-pound linebacker. You are a 170-pound running back. People look at him and then at you and wonder what happened.
 
"I've always been the small one. He was always big and chunky and bossing me around."
 
You also play basketball and one of the Rochester writers was telling me that the coaches sometimes get on you for not shooting enough.
 
"I like to get the big guy (6-foot-8 Tyler Cain) involved and get him opportunities."

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