Marcus is making his own waves. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, Shavers can still cover the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. He also is in the weight room and sports a 280 pound bench press and a 420 pound squat. In the class room he is carrying a 3.0 GPA and scored a 790 on his first SAT.
In January, Shavers attended the U.S. Army All-America Junior Combine. When he left he left with not just one of the three awards, he left with the most prestigious of the three.
"I will be the first one invited to the Army All-American Bowl next year in San Antonio," Shavers said. "There was an Offensive and Defensive MVP award as well as the Super Athlete award which I won."
Pile that honor on top of being first team All-District, first team All-Metro and second team All-County and you begin to see why Shavers is getting the nation's best attention.
"I had around 50 tackles last year as well as seven sacks, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery," Marcus said.
One team Marcus hasn't heard from yet, but he is open to is Nebraska. "I would be interested in them if they were to call."
To this point Marcus is holding offers from Arkansas, Texas A&M and SMU. Although all of those schools seem relatively close to Shavers' home he says that distance will not be a factor in his decision.
"It's not a huge factor. The furthest school that I could see myself considering is Georgia. It's really not that big of a concern."
Some kids are lucky to receive mail from 15 different school, but Marcus has a top 15! "Yes sir, I have a top 15. The top five though are Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Kansas State and LSU. As of now that is my top five. They can change though."
This summer Marcus is planning on attending the one-day camps at SMU and Texas A&M. After those camps though he may play it by ear.
"It really all depends on what my other team mates decide to do this summer. I would like to go to Oklahoma and Arkansas for a camp."
When asked to describe his style of play Marcus just said, "Versatile." His versatility is summed up by his willingness to play and play well at different positions. As a sophomore Marcus was called upon to play the tight end position. This past season Shavers found himself playing the defensive tackle position. As a senior he believes that on the outside at defensive end is where he will play. "I'm a finesse player that plays physical."
It's no secret that one of the state's and nation's most versatile players this year will be Marcus Shavers from Allen, TX.
Bryan Munson can be reached at NURules@comcast.net.