Every recruiting season, the Internet community becomes fascinated with college prospect, and their recruitment almost takes a life of its own. In the case of Mesquite (TX) cornerback Marcus Trice, the legend just may be justified this time. Standing at only 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds, size has always been a challenge for Trice, but he uses it as a rallying cry in his career.
After our phone interview recently, Trice sent me a text message to thank me for the interview. That in itself is not big news, but at the bottom of his text message was a signature line that mirrored his football career and reflected on his character.
"Heart makes up for size, but size can't make up for heart." – Marcus Trice
It's never come easy for the diminutive athlete who originally grew up in St. Louis. With a passion and desire to play football at the collegiate level, Trice knew he'd need to work harder and develop his technique to overcome his small frame. Thus, he began his journey at age 14.
"I'm originally from St. Louis, but when I was 14 I moved in with my uncle in Texas," Trice said. "Football isn't a big deal in St. Louis and I knew that football was big in Texas and that players had the coaching and they were developed down there. That's what I wanted, so I made the move."
The move is definitely paying off for the Missouri native who has offers from Tulsa, Wisconsin, UTEP, Baylor, and the most recent offer from Iowa in the Big Ten. He's also hearing from Vanderbilt, Kansas State, and Kansas. He attributes his success on the field to his aggressiveness and his hard work.
"My strength is my I.Q. of the game. I'm a technician," Trice said. "I study film all the time to identify tendencies and to work on my technique. I have to do the little things to get ahead."
But don't let the talk of film study and smarts for the game fool anybody about his physical style of play. Once he hits the field, he plays with an aggressiveness rarely seen at the high school level.
"I'm aggressive in everything. I like to come up in run support and make things happen," Trice said. "I also play aggressive man coverage and I like to break on the ball and hit."
Trice finished his junior season with 60 tackles, seven sacks, and 14 pass breakups. However, he's looking to take his game to another level next season, and he's putting in the work this spring to insure that happens.
"I'm really working on my fundamentals and my technique. I'm always doing that," Trice said. "But I'm also putting in extra time in my offseason workouts. I'm doing our program at school, but then I'm also doing my own workout in the weight room."
In the meantime, more schools are taking notice of the hard-working cornerback. Baylor from the Big 12 has offered and Trice is hoping more schools in the Big 12 start recruiting him.
"I've heard that Texas A&M may be interested, and that would be great if they get involved," Trice said. "I like A&M. It's a prestigious university with great history and tradition. If they offered, A&M would definitely be one of my top schools."
For now, Trice says he's wide open and is interested in any school recruiting him. However, he does have some ties to Tulsa, and the Golden Hurricane will be a team heavily involved in his recruiting until the end.
"Tulsa was the first school to offer and I have a great relationship with the coaches," Trice said. "Coach Graham and his family grew up in Mesquite and we know a lot of the same people in town. But even though I like Tulsa a lot, I want to go through the recruiting process and see what everybody has to offer so I'm open right now."
Trice and his Mesquite teammates are participating in the 7-on-7 leagues, and if history is any indication, they should be in College Station for the state tournament in July.
Trice still getting offers
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