Marquez Has Exciting Visit

Odessa High running back Bradley Marquez was one of 11 visitors at Texas Tech and said there was plenty to be excited about along with his fellow future teammates and had a "goose bump" moment during the trip. Find out more inside.

LUBBOCK — Running back Bradley Marquez didn't have a lot of doubts when he visited Texas Tech this weekend for one more time before national signing day arrives on Feb. 2.

In fact, he doesn't feel conflicted about anything when it comes to his choice to be a Red Raider next season. No "still listening" or "looking around" to mix things up.

His hardest decision may be trying to figure out what jersey number he wants to wear.

"They pretty much had all our numbers out and so we got to take pictures with the jerseys," he said. "It's pretty much first come first serve with the numbers. I really want number four, ‘cause that's been my number but it's a duplicate. Derrick Mays wears it on defense. I'm debating whether or not I should duplicate it. So it might be 9, 13 or 17. We'll see."

Marquez took his only official visit this weekend and is not going anywhere else, even after getting offers last summer from Oklahoma, Stanford, Baylor, Arizona and Texas A&M. He said he expects every player that was there this weekend to be there with him in red and black this summer.

"It was a lot of fun. Everyone that was there, we're all already committed so it was nice to just kind of relax and really get to know each other more than anything. We're just working on creating that family-like atmosphere that you want and it's already there."

The Odessa High running back tore through the 2010 season, rushing for 1,529 yards and 21 touchdowns, and broke Odessa's all-time career rushing mark just a few games into the season. Marquez said he will play either running back or inside receiver, taking on a hybrid role Neal Brown's offense.

"Coach Brown and I talked a lot about that in our meeting. Basically more and more like a running back/receiver type. That's probably the best way to get me the ball and get me some early playing time. We'll take a look at it more once we start working out and have some more tape in practice at those different things but I like the idea of getting a chance to do either thing."

The 11 guys on the visit and four players who reported early in the spring got a chance to head over to United Spirit Arena where Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville and the current players were honored at halftime of Texas Tech's game against Nebraska, hoisting their TicketCity Bowl trophy for all to see.

But the most exciting part came when Tuberville announced to the crowd what lies in the future with the guys on the court and the 11 in the stands watching.

"We will win a championship here at Texas Tech," Tuberville declared as the crowd erupted.

It was nothing short of a "goose bump" moment for Marquez and the others.

"It's funny you say that because that's exactly what happened when he said that. We talked about it again later that night at dinner. When he said it, I was ready to head back to the locker room and strap the pads on right now and get out there and start playing. It just makes you that more ready for it. When he said championship, I can't even explain that. We're the guys that are going to come in and help do that and it gets you excited knowing that you are going to be a part of that goal."

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