RECRUITING: Abiline athlete does it all

Abiline, Texas athlete Marcus Johnson talks about his favorites and recent visit to Norman


Marcus has emerged as one of the best pure athletes in Texas as he is a dominating quarterback performer in high school, but stands a good chance to move to wide receiver in college.

Johnson lettered at wide receiver as a freshman, started and wide receiver as a sophomore before moving to quarterback last season.

"I will play quarterback again this year, but to be honest I am not sure which position I like best," said Johnson. "I am really trying to figure all that out. Even my sophomore year I also got a chance to play defense and that seemed to be a good fit for me as well. I have several colleges recruiting me and most of them are recruiting me as a wide receiver, but a couple of teams are recruiting me at quarterback."

"I want to play a position where I can eventually play some pro ball. I am the type of person who wants to make an impact on offense and I want the ball."

Johnson has participated with Abilene in several seven-on-seven camps and he has played baseball all summer where he is a pitcher/centerfielder.

Johnson can bench 315 pounds and he has a 435-pound squat. Johnson has been offered by 14 schools at this point, but he has certainly narrowed down his selections.

"I am still open to all schools right now, because I am not even sure what position I want to play and that would determine where I go to school," said Johnson.

"I just back from Oklahoma on an unofficial visit and I loved it there. Oklahoma seemed just like my hometown and I just felt at home there and I really enjoyed myself. Oklahoma is recruiting me to play wide receiver. I have also visited Texas Tech, Texas and Texas A&M and I am close to visiting Alabama.

"I like Texas as well, but I want to point out again that I am open to everybody and I don't have a favorite at this time."

Johnson has qualified.

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