Marques Binns is coming to Oregon.

When Marques Binns reports to the University of Oregon for football practice this summer, the incoming freshman defensive back will be ready to battle for a starting spot on the Duck defense.

"I'm coming in to take a spot," Binns said. "Steven Moore and I are going to be the corners. I'm extremely confident in what I can do. Being a freshman doesn't scare me."

If it happens that Binns and Moore are the Oregon corners next year, it won't be the first time the two have played on the same defense. Binns, a 6-0, 170-pound cornerback and Moore, who will be a junior and is expected to start at one corner spot, played together at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. They have been friends since their Pop Warner days.

Binns is a confident young man and knows his abilities. He was a four-year letterman at Dorsey and only allowed one touchdown pass against him in his career. The lone touchdown came in his junior year by James Finley, the Oregon State signee.

"I don't doubt him," says his mother Madelyn. "When it was time to buy his senior package, like his pictures and class ring, I asked Marques if he wanted a class ring. He said ‘Mom, I'm gonna win a (city) championship ring'. I thought to myself, I better order him a class ring"

Did he win the city championship?

"Yes, they won the championship," she added. "He's got a real nice championship ring."

Binns helped Dorsey win the city championship, a 19-14 victory over Taft High School. He earned All-State honors and was named Los Angeles City Player of the Year. He had 35 tackles, 19 deflections and three interceptions.

Oregon almost didn't get the coveted cover man. He originally gave a verbal commitment to the University of California, but after a visit to Eugene, he knew Oregon was the place to be.

"I didn't see any place better," Binns said of his January visit to Eugene. " Everything was nice. There was nothing about Eugene I didn't enjoy. I liked everything."

His mother was happy with his change of plans also.

"Of course, I would've supported Marques (no matter where he chose)," she said. "I don't want to say anything bad about Cal, it's a great school. I know Marques would have done well there. And (former Oregon offensive coordinator and new) Coach Tedford was really nice. But I didn't want him going to a program that is starting over. I wanted him to go to an established program."

Binns, who has been selected to play in the California Shrine Game July 13, will be stepping into a program that is looking for a pair of cornerbacks that Steve Smith and Rashad Bauman has been drafted into the NFL. Binns watched the duo work for the Ducks last season and feels he can step right in.

"I paid real good attention to them," Binns said. "I attack the plays, I don't let anybody attack me. I play like Steve Smith."

Marques lives with his mother and father, Mark, and sister Monet, 12.

What was the recruiting process like?

"The process was terrible, I never had any time alone. Some of the schools bullied their way in. I'm so happy to be going to Oregon. Even if Miami would have offered I still would've went to Oregon.

Why did you choose Oregon?

"They've got the best record in the Pac-10. They are a winning program. Steve Moore is a real good friend. I've always heard a lot about Oregon from him. Once I visited, Oregon won me over."

How was your visit to Eugene?

"Everything was real nice, all the players were nice. It snowed when I was there. I'd never seen snow before. It's real nice up there. It's quiet, you never get any quiet down here."

What is your impression of Coach Bellotti?

"He's really nice, doesn't play games. He doesn't tell stories either, he's the real deal. I like to know what I'm facing and he told it like it is. Some coaches told me some stories but not Bellotti."

Which coach recruited you the most?

"Coach Pellum. He's really cool, he's my boy."

Which schools were recruiting you the most?

"At first it was mostly Michigan State, Wisconsin, USC. Then toward the middle of my senior season everybody started recruiting me."

Who did you receive scholarship offers from?

"Michigan State, Wisconsin, Oregon, Cal, and Arizona State. USC never offered me."

Did you follow Oregon football last season?

"Yeah I did. They had a tough schedule starting with Wisconsin. Nothing was easy for them; they should have been in the championship game. They should be good again this year."

What do you like to do in your free time?

"I don't have much free time. I like to work out. I also run track and play baseball.


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