2017 Brenham linebacker Marqez Bimage has been keeping up with SMU receivers coach Justin Stepp and defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt for about a year, but now the pair has offered the Houston commit a scholarship.
"Coach Stepp and coach Wyatt had came down last week and they just gave me the offer after watching me work," Bimage said. "It means a lot. It's still early in this whole process. I've been thinking about it the whole time. I need to see what the schools are about and what the education is like."
Stepp and Bimage have built a good relationship, but he's still trying to get to know Wyatt a bit more.
"I'm a lot closer with coach Stepp than I am with coach Wyatt, but he's been talking to me constantly and he really wants me up there so it's a pretty big deal. ," Bimage said. "(Wyatt and I talk about) where I'm going to play and how it's going to go."
Bimage committed to Houston in December after talking with the coaches and visiting. He's not totally closed his recruitment though. On January 30, Bimage will visit Houston.
"Just the school, the education, and the coaches told me where I'd play and how I was going to play. They told me what I wanted to hear (and I committed)," Bimage said. "It's open still I guess, but as of now, I'm with U of H."
Bimage attended SMU's spring game last year, but will head back to SMU on February 20 for another visit and hopes to meet coach Morris.
"It was a lot of fun and a good atmosphere. It was extremely nice and a great school. Everything was very exciting. I liked it a lot," Bimage said. "There might be something I haven't seen or heard about yet so things can change. He's (Morris) a first-year coach and somethings don't happen in a year and they just take time."
SMU has the 6-2, 220-pound linebacker slotted for defensive end and with his 4.62 speed, he'd be a solid edge rusher. Most schools see him as a standup player.
"I use my hands well and I'm very physical. I'm good with my feet and I'm very aggressive," Bimage said. "I prefer playing up. Being able to look everything down from a distance and attacking everything downhill."
California, Baylor, TCU and Kansas have also been showing interest in Bimage with his dream school being Texas A&M. Bimage was first-team All-District last year with goals of becoming first-team All-State.