Big 12 looks to get in on Marquez

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.

Dating back to his August update with Scout.com Oklahoma site, Odessa (TX) running back Bradley Marquez was really looking forward to the September 1 for a plenty of big news.

And while the news came in by the boatloads, only but a few offers came in during the week. 

"I wasn't sure what to expect, but I got a lot of mail that came in," Marquez said. "Out of everything that came in, I got three offers: Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Texas Tech."

Surely more is to come and the 6-foot, 180-pound Marquez is more than confident that it will happen. For now, the thing he is trying to make happen is success for the Odessa football team. Right now the team is 3-1, undefeated in district play.

For Marquez, the game is a little different from last season. That could be because the word is out.

"Of the four games we have played, every team has lots of guys in the box or a player spying me," Marquez said. "My first game I had 11 carries for 20 yards. But it's OK because I am all about the team. We are winning games putting points on the board and that is what matters."

The following three game, Marquez had 115 yards, 118 yards, and 73 yards respectively. He has found the end zone five times this season.

When Marquez is not finding the end zone, he is busy talking with coaches and setting up times to check out some games. He has been to one already, but looks to book a few more here in the near future.

"I went to the Oklahoma/BYU game in Dallas, but that is the only game I have been able to make," Marquez said. "I'm trying to find some time to get down to Norman (OK) and I want to catch the Oklahoma/Texas Tech game in Lubbock. It's only two hours away from me."

With Marquez's obvious interest in Oklahoma, the prep star said that the communication between he and the Sooner coaches have been good. As with other coaches as well.

"I just talked to coach (Cale) Gundy this past Thursday. He was just seeing how my season was going and checking on me," Marquez said. "I emailed coach (Major) Applewhite (of Texas) and I keep in touch with Texas Tech coaches as well. I don't talk to (Texas) A&M much, but the Aggies did offer me."

Marquez had big numbers last season. 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.


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