McCluer North high school in North St. Louis (MO) county has produced some outstanding D1 football players in the history of it's program. And while the number of players participating in football have dwindled, it still has some talent that has college coaches coming by to check out, including for 2015.
OL Marquis Prophete 6'5" 260 is one of those prospects who has the attention of a few schools now, and that number is likely to grow over the summer and during his senior season.
Missouri is one of those schools showing him interest, and we spoke with him recently to get the latest with his recruitment by the Tigers.
"Mizzou is recruiting me the hardest right now," Prophete told ShowMeMizzou.com." Actually, Coach Ford first came by my school when I was a sophomore and asked my coach about me then. I have stayed in touch with him and this spring invited me up to spring practice and he has said that I am one of several players who is high on their list for a possible over."
The athletic offensive lineman is high on the Tigers as well.
"I went up there for a scrimmage this spring and it was awesome! The coaches were all very friendly along with the players, and it was great to see how the offensive linemen were coached while I was there. I also got a chance to see the facilities and they were great. They have a really nice tradition and to be able to play in the SEC would be awesome. If they offered, it would really be ideal for me. It's also only two hours from home, so my family can come see me play," said Prophete.
Marquis, who wants to major in computer science, said the Tigers want him to come up to campus one more time before a possible offer may happen.
"They say they like my my height, reach, athleticism, and the flexibility in my hips along with my quick feet. They just want to see me in camp in early June so they can see me up close in person. I plan on attending, and hopefully, they offer me. It would be hard to turn down if they did."
Prophete played DE along with OT, for which he was named first team all-conference for his play on offense. He is hearing from a few other schools and it sounds like he has an offer on the table from one of them.
"Kansas State's coach just came by my school last week. They have been talking to me and want me to come camp with them. Iowa has also been in touch. And Illinois State's coach Billy Picken's messaged me on Facebook saying they have an offer for me. I guess that means I have an offer from them."
Up next for Prophete will be finishing up his track season which he leads his team in the shot put and discus, before hitting football for the summer with his team camping at Central Methodist in June, followed by him camping with the Tigers.
Marquis did not have a 40 time to self report, but his did mention having a 26" vertical jump, along with lift maxes of 400 pounds in the bench press, and 600 pounds in the squat.