2015 Prospect Putting In the Time

Marquise Doherty is a multi-sport star at Missouri's Winnetonka High School. With a pair of offers in hand, the 2015 prospect is working hard to add to his list. Go Inside as Doherty talks ‘Tonka Football…

If 2015 prospect Marquise Doherty played at most any other high school in Missouri, he would be the program's best player. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound playmaker is a weapon at both running back and safety, with the kind of elite speed that made him an AAU Indoor Track National Champion.

Doherty was an All-Conference and All-District RB as a sophomore at Winnetonka (MO) High School. Anywhere else, he's the feature back. For the Griffins, he splits carries with Aaron Mends, another All-Conference and All-District rusher.

"Aaron is a good friend of mine," Doherty said of his teammate. "We talk about the recruiting process. We compete a lot, because we know we are both on that level and the same stage."

The talented junior trailed off, pausing for a moment. "Knowing one of your friends and teammates is going through the same thing, it's a good feeling."

Doherty had never done any weight before he arrived at Winnetonka. A natural athlete and multi-sport star, it didn't take long for him to start making significant gains in size and strength.

"At Winntonka, everybody works so hard, it's pretty cool to be a part of," he said. "Going into my freshman year, I had never even touched the weight room. I did stuff at home, like pull-ups, pushups, and sit-ups. When I first hit the weight room, I saw guys that were squatting 300, 400, 500 pounds. I never thought I'd get to that point. My sophomore year, I hit the 800-pound club."

After two years of hard work, Doherty is one of the top athletes in Missouri for the class of 2015. He plans to prove it next month when he takes part in the U.S. Army National Combine in Harrisonville (MO).

"Anytime I go anywhere like that, I want to do the best I can. Like when I went to the NFTC in Oregon, I want to not just show my skills, but see some good competition. It's not just to increase my profile, but go out there, have fun, play hard, and make it to the next level."

As Doherty enters the second half of his high school career, he knows what he has to do to reach his goals.

"Along with keeping up my speed and football skills, I feel like the weight room is what I need to work on the most. When you work on your strength, that often correlates with speed. That's been an emphasis the last couple of years."

Nebraska and Missouri have both extended scholarships to the multi-sport star, and he's received mail from a wide range of programs. To hear him tell it, there's been no developments in his recruitment since the Huskers offered in June.

"Things have been pretty quiet," Doherty said. "Nothing too big, just brochures and questionnaires in the mail. I'm hoping some of those schools will come around once the season starts."

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