CJ Marck Anxious to Get to Storrs

When Pennsylvania linebacker CJ Marck visited UConn and saw that the Huskies were building, he knew he'd found his college destination. Now that he's committed to UConn, he's looking forward to his senior season and then Storrs.

There are many ways to describe a football player the caliber of C.J. Marck.

Uncanny leader, fierce competitor.

Athletic?

Maybe not; but Marck himself is the first one to admit that.

"I'm not the most athletic guy," Marck said. "I'm smart so I can read offensive lines real well; I have real good pursuit angles. I pride my game on watching film, and technique."

The intangibles brought by Marck led him to all-area honors at linebacker in his junior season at Pennsbury (PA) HS. He also led his team with 103 tackles.

"I'm physical," Marck said. "I can hit, I know what's going on."

But the latest UConn recruit from the Keystone state is enamored with his choice to head to Storrs in the fall of 2007.

"They were the ones who showed the most interest and kept in contact," Marck said. "Everything seemed right between the academics and athletics with the new facility, everything seemed right. I have a lot of family up there; it's within reason, its not too far, and its close."

Marck sees the Huskies as a great opportunity to play right away and join one of the up and coming places to play college football.

"Everything is looking positive," Marck said. "Their head coach Randy Edsall just signed a seven-year deal; they brought in new recruiting coordinators. Everything looks good. The style of offense, the defense, with the Big East, if you win it BCS bid. That's something I want to shoot for by the time I finish."

But before he heads to Storrs, he has other things to care of.

"Right now I'm just focused on winning a state title with my guys," Marck said. "I didn't want to put myself above my team, I'll be ready to go up there next July and compete for a spot."

Although he is focused on his senior season, Marck admitted to a sense of relief that the recruiting process is over. Now all he has to worry about is playing football and showing other schools what they missed out on.

"I just wanted to get things out of the way," Marck said. "I know the other teams are aware that I am committed, and I thrive off them coming to see me. I want them to think I'm the best player out there."


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