Marecic to Make His Decision

Head coach Ken Potter this fall led Portland (Ore.) Jesuit to a national ranking and one of the most dominant seasons in Oregon high school history. The 20-year Crusaders coach calls senior Owen Marecic "the best football player [he has] ever coached." Marecic has returned from his Stanford official visit, and the fullback recruit has an unusual finalists group under consideration.

Owen Marecic, the 6'1" 232-pound fullback from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit High School, took his official visit to Stanford this past weekend.

Now, Marecic could have a decision by the end of Wednesday on where he will play his collegiate football, with Army and Yale also being possible destinations.

"I have to make a decision on Stanford by the middle of the week," says Marecic, who has already been accepted to Stanford.  "I'm still bouncing back and forth, so I'm trying to make a strong commitment to where I want to go."

Marecic talked with Scout.com about his official visit to Stanford for a few minutes before returning to study for his finals.

"It went well," he begins.  "We took tours of the campus and the facilities.  I really liked it.  I liked the coaches there - they have a lot of energy and enthusiasm - and I got to meet some of the players.  They really seem ready to turn the program around, which I really bought into."

The Beaver State standout also enjoyed the Cardinal win over Washington State on the hardwood.

"That was cool.  We got to go to a pretty good basketball game, that they won in overtime on a last-second shot," Marecic remembers.  "I really enjoyed that."

Marecic was named the Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year in Oregon at linebacker, though he has been offered by the Cardinal as a fullback (where he earned Second Team All-State honors as well) and spent time discussing his role with Stanford with new coach Jim Harbaugh.

"Coach Harbaugh said they want me mostly as a fullback, but they would probably use me on some special teams as well," Marecic explains.  The Jesuit fullback was best known as a blocker for the nationally-ranked Crusaders, though he also carried for 423 yards and 14.1 yards per carry.

Freshman offensive lineman Andrew Philips hosted Marecic on his official visit.

An outstanding student, Marecic holds a 3.9 GPA and scored a 1980 on the SAT.  He has been given an opportunity to play football at West Point and Yale, though the financial aid situation at each school is different.

So this week is a big one for him in making that decision.

"I'm obviously going to know in a couple of days," Marecic said on Monday.  "I just want to straighten things out in my head and to finalize what the right choice for me is.  I want to talk it over with my parents and maybe my coach, and then I'll make the decision from there.  But it's getting to be that time.  My family just wants me to go to the place that I feel the most comfortable."


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