UA Combine: Marcell Ateman Stands Out

Top 2013 wide receiver Marcell Ateman said that he knew he looked raw when running routes at the UnderArmour Underclassmen Combine.

"It's kind of my fault for focusing so much on basketball," Ateman said. "I knew this was coming up."

But once the one-on-one drills started, the 6-foot-5 Ateman's basketball skills came in handy. That's when he displayed the ability to win any jump ball, and the body control to be a nightmare for defensive backs. So which sport will he pick?

"I don't know yet," Ateman said. "By my senior year, I'll probably pick. It really depends on what I excel at the most."

If that's the qualification, you can chalk Ateman up as a football player. Because while he's pretty good on the hardwood, his football potential has schools like Michigan, Baylor, Tennessee and Arizona already extending offers. And Ateman said he felt like Michigan State and Mississippi State weren't far behind.

Ateman was just as noncommittal about discussing schools as he was his sport preference.

"All the schools that show me love, I favor them," Ateman said.

The Wylie East product said he went to the UnderArmour Combine to use it as a measuring stick.

"I'm just out there competing with everybody else," Ateman said. "I'm trying to see where I'm at."

And where was he at?

"I'm doing pretty good," Ateman said. "I just need to get back in the groove."

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