Marinovich Tries to Overcome Roadblocks

Mikhail Marinovich, the 6-6, 225-pound tight end prospect from San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Serra, was impressive this summer at the camps, but there are some factors in his recruitment that has kept the recruiting interest moderate for him, factors he's trying to rectify...

San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Serra tight end Mikhail Marinovich (6-5.5, 225) anxiously awaits his first scholarship offer, but even more importantly, awaits word from the CIF Southern Section offices on whether he will get a fifth-year of eligibility nd be able to play this season.

"I'm waiting to hear if I get the extra year," said Marinovich. "I transferred down to Serra when it was a new school from Bishop Montgomery and it's complicated. I would be a fifth-year senior. If I don't get the year, I'm looking at about 10 prep schools back east where I'd go so I can play and graduate. I'm supposed to hear this week."

While he has a prominent name, Marinovich has fell victim to the lack of exposure that comes in playing for a smaller, private high school. Despite looking good at both the USC and UCLA camps this past summer, Marinovich doesn't have the offers he anticipated.

"A lot of schools just haven't heard of me," said Marinovich. "There are guys with big offers who I saw at the camps, who I run better routes than, have better hands. It's kind of frustrating."

Things could change soon, though, as a Big 12 school has begun to show a good deal of interest. "Texas Tech is a place I've been looking at and I might actually be making a trip there," said Marinovich. "I could know within a week if they're going to offer me. They want me as a tight end/receiver since they don't usually use a tight end. I'd be used in the slot but act like a tight end, blocking down but still getting the ball."

Meanwhile, he could fall victim to scholarship crunches at both UCLA and USC, even though both schools continue to keep him on their list. "USC said they wouldn't decide on me till the season and that they are watching me and (Virginia Tech commit) Rhett Ellison," said Marinovich. "UCLA has been recruiting me but they already signed Nate Chandler."

Nebraska, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State have all been keeping tabs on Marinovich as well.

Still, much of his recruitment hinges on his year of eligibility. "It all depends on the extra year," said Marinovich. "Unless I get the year it will be hard to get seen. I did well at the camps and I just sent my video recently."

At the same time, the prep school route may not be a bad option. He said, "If I don't get it, I'll go to one of the top prep schools back east and it will open me up to the schools back there as well. It could turn out to work well for me."

During his 2005 junior season Marinovich had 45 receptions for 727 yards and scored five touchdowns, and also led the team in sacks from his linebacker/defensive end spot.

Academically, Marinovich is in fine shape.


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