Junior RB: "Can't Wait 'til September 1"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today we talked recruiting with a hot junior running back Bradley Marquez from Odessa, Texas.

There is a date in mind that Odessa (TX) running back Bradley Marquez will be waiting for, September 1 of this year. That is mainly because junior back will be waiting on the likely onslaught of phone calls and offers from several Division I coaches across the country.

And when they come calling, Marquez will gladly receive.

"It's a fun process and I can't wait until September 1. That is when the scholarships can be offered," Marquez said. "I've talked to lots of guys who go through the process and some of them say that it's a hassle and your phone is constantly ringing. I'm actually quite excited and can't wait to talk to people, especially coaches."

This could have to do with the fact that during his sophomore season, the 6-foot, 180-pound Marquez was told that at least two scholarship offers will be ready for him when the time is right. There is little to no doubt that he will be one of the most sought after backs from the Lone Star State, but two Big 12 programs wanted to go ahead and be first in line.

I have offers from Texas Tech and Oklahoma," Marquez said. "I remember when I got the Tech offer I was at the Dallas Cowboys/Baltimore Ravens game at Texas Stadium. My coach (Ron King) called me and asked when I could get home because he needed to talk to me. The first thing I thought was that I was in trouble.

"But when I got there, he told me that they (Red Raiders) wanted to offer me. He (King) said that this was the first time he had a player get an offer so early in the (recruiting) process."

There was a equal feeling of joy when the Sooners stepped up in January. King called Marquez into his office.

"My coach told me that he just got off the phone with (Oklahoma assistant) coach (Cale) Gundy," Marquez said. "The coaches had just got through watching my film and was impressed. And they told my coach that Oklahoma was offering me a full scholarship."

After that, Marquez said that King and the Sooner coaching staff have had more correspondences. At one time during the off season, Marquez was in the coaching office and Gundy called and was reaffirming the fact that Oklahoma was interested and wanted Marquez to be part of the Sooner program.

For Odessa, Marquez has made an impact at nearly every skilled position. As a running back, he was good for 1,760 yards and 21 touchdowns. At receiver, he caught 32 passes for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. He even returned a kickoff for a score and played some quarterback.

"From what I have heard, Oklahoma really likes me. They say that I would fit in well with their offense," Marquez said. "I was told that Norman has a good feel for it and I would like the environment. Right now I would have to say that Oklahoma is my No. 1 choice. I like them a lot."

Next for Marquez will be to take in a few games this upcoming season. He mentioned that he is more than likely going to make the 4.5-hour trip to Dallas to take in the Oklahoma/BYU game with his mother. He also said he would drive two hours to Lubbock for a Tech game.

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