Marcus got a taste of what it is going to be like this year.
"They were double teeming me all night. Last year I did not have that name, so I did not face many double teams, but this year they know me so I am going to be double teamed all year. I will just have work that much harder. It will make me a better player though."
Whitehaven faces Failey this Friday at John P Freeman, but they will be without one of their top players.
"Tenarius Wright turned his ankle in practice. He did not play in our first game either, but he is coming back for Region play."
Has Rucker received any new scholarship offers?
"No sir, still the
same three, Indiana, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State."
Outside of the schools who have offered; are there anymore colleges that are heavily involved?
"Yes sir, Memphis, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisville, and MTSU."
Which colleges have caught Marcus' eye so far?
"Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana,
and Ole Miss."
Alabama is new to the list; when did they pop up on the radar?
"They are just a big school that I have liked since I was a little kid."
Tennessee has also started to become more of a factor.
"I went to the Tennessee camp, and I did good, but they did not offer me because they needed to see my transcript first. We talked about it a couple of weeks ago, and hopefully my coach has gotten it to them. They said they were going to call me the first day when they can start calling us back (September 1st), so I will find out then."
In the meantime, Marcus will take in his first college game of the season this Saturday to check out one of his top schools.
"Ole Miss sent me a letter in the mail about me calling them and making arrangements for a visit. I talked it over with my mother, and she said it was all right. Me and some of my teammates are actually going to go watch Ole Miss play Memphis this weekend."