UTSA wide receiver Marquez McNair almost wasn’t a Roadrunner. In fact, he was committed to go to the University of Southern Mississippi, twice.
The three-star prospect out of Hinds Community College in Mississippi actually signed with the Golden Eagles as an early transfer last December. Then things, as they often do in the world of recruiting, changed.
“Last December I signed with Southern Miss but I didn’t qualify,” said McNair. “I re-committed in February but Coach Monken left. So I really didn’t feel comfortable.”
The departure of Todd Monken as USM Head Coach combined with the hiring of Frank Wilson as UTSA Head Coach several weeks prior was the perfect storm to put McNair on the Roadrunners’ radar. McNair had a previous relationship with Wilson as well as new Defensive Coordinator Pete Golding.
“Coach Golding and Coach Wilson gave me a call,” said McNair. “They told me I should come out here and help them build a dynasty. I was all in with that.”
And just like that UTSA landed a dynamic junior college athlete that could come in and compete for immediate playing time.
McNair ascended up the depth chart without even stepping on campus. UTSA released a post-spring depth chart in May. McNair was listed as starting WR (H) even though he didn’t arrive to San Antonio until June.
“I’m ready to step up but I’m taking it one day at a time,” said McNair. “I’m still really getting familiar with the system. I’m all in with the playbook, studying and trying to keep up with the plays. Coach is really helping me out and some of the other wide receivers are helping me out. So I’m going to come along, I’ll be ready.”
At 6’0” and 175lbs, McNair fits into the role of slot receiver. He has sub 4.5-40 speed, good hands, and is a good route-runner. He says he thinks UTSA’s offense fits well with his skillset.
“Yes sir, playing in the slot, me and Kerry (Thomas) I feel we are good together. Coach Scelfo is really spreading the ball out. We’re kind of balanced, run and pass. I think the scheme really fits me well.”
One thing that did catch McNair off guard was the energy that UTSA coaches have at practice.
“The coaches really upped the intensity. It kind of took me by surprise that is was so hard, that the coaches push you so hard,” said McNair. “I didn’t know it was going to be that intense. But I’m happy I’m here.”
McNair says he feels like the style of the coaching, led by Wilson, is going to result in positive change for the program.
“Coach is a risk-taker,” McNair said of Frank Wilson. “He’s down to earth and is a players' coach. He really appreciates the coaching staff around him. I think he’s going to really build this team up.”
With a lot of excitement surrounding the program this fall, McNair says he believes UTSA can be a winning team this year.
“I believe everyone around here is really fired up about this season. To be honest, me personally, I think we can get a bowl game this year,” said McNair.
Marquez is the nephew of NFL legend Steve McNair. He is listed on UTSA’s roster as a junior.