Cretin's Marcus Binns Talks Recruiting

Marcus Binns, a 5-foot-8, 200-pound senior running back from Cretin Derham Hall, attended the Minnesota-Iowa game this past weekend. Binns was recently named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He rushed for 1,272 rushing yards and 16 scores despite missing four games because of a knee injury. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Binns to find the latest news.

Marcus Binns helped lead the Raiders to an 11-1 mark this season, losing to Blaine 28-27 in overtime in the Class AAAAA state semifinals. Binns finished with 29 carries for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. He had 176 carries for 1,272 yards and 16 scores this year, despite suffering a knee injury in the season opener.

Binns paced the Raiders to a 13-1 mark last year as they finished runner-up in the Prep Bowl, losing 50-21 to Eden Prairie in the championship game.

Binns received a scholarship offer from Air Foprce in the summer and is hearing from several other schools.

"North Dakota State, Northwestern, Wisconsin. NDSU offered me a couple of weekends ago," he said.

Binns suffered what was thought to be a potentially serious knee injury in the season opener. Binns admits that he was concerned that he might miss the entire year when the injury occurred.

"I was kind of scared and nervous at the same time," he said. "It was my senior season. I did not think that I was going to be able to get back on the field and finish out the season with my boys. It hit me kind of hard."

Binns worked hard to rejoin his team and teammates.

"I missed four games. I was supposed to miss eight or nine weeks, but I worked really hard," he said. "I did extra rehab to get back on the field faster. I think it paid off."

Binns said that the hard work paid off as he led his team to the state tournament and was named All-Metro by the Star Tribune.

"It feels great to be on the All-Metro team with a couple of other players on there. It feels great, like a reward," he said.

Binns admits that it is tough to shift from football to basketball.

"Basketball started Monday. It is tough to get in basketball mode. It is very tough," he said.

Binns has high expectations for the team, despite losing top scorers Michael Floyd and John Nance.

"We have a lot of good players. Clay Horne. Seantrel Henderson. Wassau. John Kinsel. We have some good players coming up to fill some of the spots of the guys who left. We should be all right," he said, adding that he was able to get to several college games this season.

"I went to a lot of Iowa games because my brother plays there. I went to a couple of Gopher games."

Binns is working on taking some official visits in the near future.

"They are all coming up in December. I think that I have a visit to Air Force set up for December 15th, so it should be fun to get out there," he said.

Binns is a good student who has a field of study in mind.

"I want to major in sports (management) or medicine," he said.

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