Odessa's Bradley Marquez Plays Favorites

Bradley Marquez of Odessa is one of just a handful of Texas high school players that can claim First Team All-District honors in 5A football and baseball as a sophomore. Marquez says he already has football offers and talks recruiting and favorites with Burnt Orange Beat this week.

Odessa's Bradley Marquez, another one of the very best of the running back class in Texas of 2011, has somewhat fallen off the radar of a lot of recruiting fans because he is not hitting all the regular spots of top sophomores. He has not been unofficial visits. He has not been to a Spring Game. And he has not been to any college camps.

In fact, since his tremendous sophomore season on the gridiron in which Marquez rushed for 1743 yards and 21 TDs on just 203 carriers, the 5-11, 180 pound sophomore turned his attention to his high school baseball season and a summer league team based out of Dallas called the Diamondbacks.

Sandwiched in between his travel baseball schedule, Marquez did attend the Air It Out! passing camp at Hardin-Simmons in nearby Abilene. His decision to skip football camps for the baseball tournaments leads many to think that Marquez just might be a baseball prospect rather than a football prospect.

"No, I'm a football guy definitely. I just started playing with this baseball team last week, but I haven't made it to any football camps or anything," Marquez told Burnt Orange Beat while he was in Atlanta, Georgia for a summer baseball tournament.

"We made it to the fourth round and almost made it to state, so that kind of killed all the spring stuff. I didn't even do spring football this year," Marquez added.

Despite not making the spring and summer camp tours, Marquez has still had a lot of contact with area college recruiters.

"I have schools that I talk to, but I just haven't had the chance to visit. I do talk to a lot of them. I've had them come visit me at the school," Marquez said. "Oklahoma has offered and (Texas) Tech has offered. And I talk to Texas and Texas A&M. My coaches talked to LSU."

With that much interest already, Marquez has an early favorite.

"Right now, I would like to go to Oklahoma. I like the coaches a lot when I talked to them and they have also said that if I go, I can also play baseball," confessed Marquez.

Tech has also offered the opportunity to play both sports. Texas has not discussed playing both sports at the Forty Acres.

In addition to his football success, Marquez earned first team All-District honors in baseball while batting .455 as a sophomore.


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