Where I Wanted to Be

C.J. Marck made the trip from Fairless Hills, Pa., to Storrs ten days ago for his official visit to Connecticut. While it was his fifth trip to the campus, he still has the glow of a player who just recently made a commitment.

C.J. Marck, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker was part of a Pennsbury team who thrived this season, ending with a 13-2 record. Pennsbury made it to the Pennsylvania Class AAAA eastern finals and Marck was a huge part of that success.

"I went for my official on the 19th and stayed until the 21st," Marck explained. "The visit went really well and I was hosted by Brad Kanuch, who is a freshman wide receiver from Pennsylvania. It was my fifth time on campus, so I was already very familiar with everything, but it was a special trip for me."

"On Friday night we had an absolutely amazing dinner at the new complex," Marck said. "They served us prime rib and lobster tail and had gourmet chefs on staff. The facilities are absolutely unreal there. The weight room is amazing, the academic center is right there and there's a game room with a ton of stuff to do. After the dinner I hung out with Brad at his dorm and then caught an early night."

"On Saturday I went out with Matt Applebaum, who is from my hometown. It was his birthday, so we went out and had some fun with a few people. I had a meeting at 8am the next morning with Coach (Randy) Edsall, so I made sure to be in early as I didn't want to make a poor impression. Earlier that day I caught a basketball game and we lost, but it was still an awesome experience. I sat in the front row right next to Coach Edsall and had never been that close to the floor, except for when the Sixers were actually worth watching."

Marck made an early commitment to Connecticut before waiting on other schools to offer and talked a bit about why he came to that decision. "At first the experience of being recruited is really cool, but after those first few weeks it just becomes tedious. The staff at UConn was always very professional and personal with me, and when they offered me early I just felt wanted. At that point I wasn't about to wait for other schools because I knew Connecticut was where I wanted to be."

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