Kansas City safety Marquise Doherty is one of the top prospects in the area and his offer sheet is becoming indicative of that. The Winnetonka High School standout has reached double digits in scholarships, with the latest being from Oregon.
"It felt really good to get that offer," he said. "It's a program that everyone knows about across the country. It's great to know they like me."
Doherty shared how the process has went between himself and the Ducks.
"A couple months ago I put my highlights together and sent them out in a mass e-mail to a ton of top schools," he explained. "I sent them to Oregon, UCLA, Stanford, Texas, USC, LSU, Florida, Florida State, and Ohio State. Oregon was the only school that responded back to me. I received an e-mail saying that my information was sent on to the coaches."
"Coach Neal and Coach Pellum then got in contact with me," Doherty added. "Coach Pellum has been at my school. The offer came from Coach Neal, though."
The three-star Missouri native discussed what he's heard from the Duck assistant up to this point.
"Coach Neal says he wants to take four or five defensive backs in this year's class," Doherty noted. "He took four last year as well. I'm not worried at all about it and I have no concerns. There can be as many as six defensive backs on the field at once. Competition will only make me better."
A Big Ten program has emerged as the school in the strongest pursuit of Doherty.
"I talk to Coach Kennedy from Iowa nearly everyday," he admitted. "They're recruiting me the hardest right now. It's great to know they value me as much as they do. I want to go somewhere where I'm wanted. I'm going to try and visit them this summer. I have a weekend where I'll be headed to Chicago to watch my sister graduate with her master's degree. I'll swing through Iowa at that point I think, and possibly Northwestern while we're in Chicago."
Doherty believes he may also take another unofficial visit over the summer.
"I might be visiting Kansas State in June. I have a baseball showcase out close to Manhattan. It'll be a good time to see their campus. They've showed a lot of interest. Coach Miller and I speak often and they are a school that says I can play both football and baseball."
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