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Louisiana's "Mr. Football" Commits

After a season in which he was named Louisiana's "Mr. Football," New Orleans Jesuit running back prospect <b>Chris Markey</b> becomes the fourth Bayou resident to commit to the Bruins...

Make it another one from the Bayou on his way to UCLA.

The Bruins received a commitment on Wednesday from their fourth Louisiana resident, this time coming from the State's top player.

New Orleans (LA) Jesuit running back Chris Markey, 5-11, 195, committed to UCLA, joining fellow Louisiana commits OL Aaron Meyer, DL Chris Johnson and LB Fred Holmes.

"It just seemed right. We went to the Rose Bowl, and walking in there, I could just see myself wearing that baby blue jersey and playing in the Rose Bowl," said Markey.

Markey, who was named by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as the State's "Mr. Football", had an impressive senior year, rushing for 2,745 yards on 351 carries and 47 touchdowns. He finished the season with 3,504 all-purpose yards, and was also named the state's Offensive Player of the Year. OL Aaron Meyer, 6-3, 270, joined fellow Patriots and UCLA commits Fred Holmes and Chris Johnson when he committed to UCLA on Sunday.

"I knew two of those guys but Wednesday night we had a little get-together and all of us that are going to UCLA hung out. It's cool going out there with some other Louisiana guys," said Markey.

Markey visited UCLA in mid-January, where he was hosted by running back Maurice Drew.

"Mo is real cool. He and the other players really showed me a good time. My first thought when I got to L.A. was, it's the big time. It's Hollywood, the bright lights. I mean, New Orleans isn't a small city, but L.A., that place is big time," said Markey.

A former high school opponent also kept in contact with Markey the last couple of weeks.

"Chris Horton, I knew him from last year, he played at De La Salle. He called me and was told me that there would be some more Louisiana representation so to come out here. It's just real cool having us all go out there."

Markey's had around ten offers, including from Tulane, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State and Colorado, in addition to UCLA.

"I took my trips to Tulane and Southern Miss, but after committing to UCLA, I know that's where I am going to go, so I cancelled Mississippi State and Colorado."

Speaking of Colorado, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy used his connections in New Orleans to set the groundwork for Markey's recruitment. And it worked.

"Coach Bieniemy is great. He cares a lot about his players. He wants what's best for them, to learn the entire game and not just what running backs do. I am looking forward to playing for him. I really liked Coach Dorrell too. He is real laid back, and it was his first year and I think he is going to get better."

So what was his families reaction to his commitment to UCLA?

"When I first started hearing from UCLA, my mom was like ‘no way you're going out there'. But then when I took my trip and told her how much I liked it, and the other guys from New Orleans were going there, she started supporting my decision and was relieved to know I'm not going out there by myself. Besides, I can't tell you how much relief it is to get this off my shoulders. I can focus on school now and not have to worry about coaches calling me and bugging me anymore. It was getting real stressful."

The State's Player of the Year took his honor in stride as well.

"I didn't know a whole lot about it (Mr. Football), but when I understood how much of an honor it was, I was real proud. It was a great way to end my senior year, and to go out."

Markey, who is fully qualified, plans to come to UCLA a few weeks before Fall Practice begins to start getting adjusted.

"I'll probably come out about 2-3 weeks before and start getting adjusted to college and to L.A. I'm just really looking forward to it."


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