Pennsylvania RB eyeing return to the city

Exeter, PA - After growing up in the mean streets of Camden, NJ for the first eleven years of his life, Marlon Bayard's family decided it was time to go. They sought solitude in Exeter, PA, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of city life. Head Coach Paul Marranca and his Wyoming Warrior team were the lucky recipients of a blue chip football prospect. RB Marlon Bayard, 5-7, 185 4.45, is now hoping to get back to his city roots, but not in Camden.

"Camden was crazy, finally we decided it was enough and we left."

A return to the city life is what Marlon is hoping for now.

"I like Pittsburgh, I have several friends that went there. My friends graduated, they weren't athletes but they all loved it there."

The only thing holding back Bayard now is that Pittsburgh has not been in touch with him yet. Maryland, Syracuse, NC State, and Purdue have been the schools showing the most interest in the diminutive fireplug.

"I have options, but I just want Pitt to take a look at me."

Marlon grew up watching Penn State, as they were on TV more in his area, He also watches a lot of Virginia Tech games. Bayard's favorites right now are Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, LSU, and Delaware.

"I don't want to go real far from home."

Teams shouldn't be scared away because of Marlon's lack of size. He bench presses 350 lbs. and squats 585 lbs., to go along with a 32" vertical jump. Bayard only started playing organized football his sophomore year. The first two games Marlon sat out while learning the playbook. The next seven games he rushed for 1,103 yards and 16 touchdowns. His junior season Bayard played in only 6 games, due to a back injury, but still he rushed for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Warriors went 9-3 and captured the Class AAA District 2 title; they advanced to the PIAA playoffs and defeated Pittston. In the second round they were beaten by eventual state champion Strath Haven.

Marlon is quite the accomplished wrestler as well. He wrestles in the 189 lb. weight class. This year he finished the season with a record of 27-6 and lost in the District 2 tournament. In the spring Bayard runs the 100, 4x100 relay, and also performs the long and triple jumps. In the classroom Bayard maintains a 2.9 GPA and hopes to study criminal justice or law in college.

Being so busy, how does Bayard relax?

"I enjoy writing poetry and drawing."

Bayard has high aspirations this season as the Warriors return a number of letterman; individually he has his sights set on 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was named 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-Leader in 2003.

Are there any running backs out there that you pay close attention to, Marlon?

"Kevin Jones and Darren Sproles, I was a big Barry Sanders fan until he retired."

As for when he will decide on his college of choice.

"If the school I like offers I'll probably jump on it, if not I'll wait and see what happens."

After watching Marlon Bayard's highlight film, I came away impressed. With his lack of ideal size I was skeptical. He possesses tremendous strength and quickness, and is elusive. Rarely do you ever see him take a solid hit. Marlon is a North and South style of runner, with game breaking speed. Needless to say I am no longer skeptical of Marlon's abilities. What he lacks in size he makes up for in ability and desire.

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