Kansas City (MO) Winnetonka two-sport standout Marquise Doherty is a prospect that is attracting a lot of college attention and he's been busier since the evaluation period began.
He's added two new offers from Tulsa and Minnesota over the last week and a half.
"Tulsa was one of the first schools to come visit me my sophomore year," Doherty said. "It was Coach Downing. It was quiet for a while and there wasn't much contact. The week coaches could make calls he got ahold of me. We caught up with everything and let me know that I had an offer."
"He said he understood I'm busy since I'm in the middle of my baseball season now but to let him know if I can make it down for a visit," he added. "They said they would make it happen. It was really cool because he was one of the first coaches to come and see me so it was a full-circle kind of thing."
The Gophers are the newest school to offer, and the fourth Big Ten school to do so.
"It was really cool," Doherty acknowledged about the Minnesota offer. "They have sent me mail for a long time. Coach Anderson came by the school. He talked a bit about how they're turning the program around. The coaching staff there has been together for 14 years, which is the longest tenured in the country. They turned around Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois and are now doing the same at Minnesota."
"They fixed some things when they came in and they got it back on track now," he continued. "They think I'd be a great addition to what they are trying to do there."
A few aspects about the Minnesota program stick out early to Doherty.
"I saw they beat Nebraska last year and went toe to toe with Michigan State who won a Rose Bowl," he mentioned. "I've been on teams that have been that close. I understand where they're at and it's a good place to be as a program. Minneapolis is an oasis for job opportunities because of all the corporate industries they have. A lot of students get internships there. It would be a great school to attend for academics, in addition to athletics."
Neither Minnesota or Tulsa have offered Doherty for baseball but he still hopes to play both in college.
"The plan is to still play football and baseball at the next level," he pointed out. "Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Cincinnati, and Iowa are the schools that have offered for both."
Missouri's spring game was last weekend and Doherty was in attendance and had a great experience on the campus.
"It was great to see Coach Hill again and I was able to speak with Coach Pinkel briefly," he told Scout. Drew Lock and Ryan Williams were there and it was great to catch up with them and congratulate them on their commitments. I also talked to the baseball staff and they showed me around some. I saw a bit of their game after the Spring Game."
The Tigers are still a top suitor for Doherty's services.
"They were my first offer so they have a special place for me," he admitted. "It's right down the road and they're fro the SEC so that's some real great things about them."
Doherty discussed the plan for his recruiting process moving forward.
"I definitely want to still visit a few local schools that have offered like Kansas State and Iowa," he stated. "I haven't had a chance to check them out. I'm not close to narrowing anything down. No schools are pulling away for me. I'm find out more about the schools and seeing what I want in a school still."
"I don't have a timeframe for a college decision. I don't want to rush anything and want to wait for the perfect time and when it's right."
Attention Increasing For Doherty
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