The class of 2018 has already been well documented for its depth at the wide receiver position, and one of the top players in the class is Murrieta (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Marquis Spiker.
Spiker showed a combination of size and superior route running Sunday that few receiver possesses.
It’s one reason why USC has been recruiting him so hard.
“Tee Martin came to visit my school, and that was cool because everyone looks at it like he was there to see me, which was big,” said Spiker. “Ever since then, we’ve been talking a lot.
“We probably talk once or twice a week. It’s normal conversation, but we obviously talk about football too. It’s pretty nice.”
Spiker’s first exposure to the USC coaching staff came at the Rising Stars Camp last year.
“When I went to the camp, they ended up ranking me at 10 for the receivers there,” said Spiker. “They said that I was a big receiver that could go up and get the ball, but also run good routes.
“They liked my combination of size and agility.”
Spiker’s last visit to USC came in January for the Trojans Rose Bowl preparation against Penn State. Two other schools making a big push for Spiker are UCLA and Washington. Spiker has also unofficially visited the Huskies several times in the past few months.
But Spiker does see staying local as a positive factor in his college decision.
“It’s USC, ad it’s close to home,” said Spiker. “They’ve had numerous receivers go to the league and that’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid.
“I haven’t seen a lot of schools, but USC is pretty high up there. Just watching them when I was growing up as a kid has them pretty high up there.”
Spiker says he has no plans for future unofficial visits. His focus this spring is to help his teammates develop in the off-season as he is the only returning starter at wide receiver for Murrieta Valley in 2017.
But that doesn’t mean he will put recruiting on the backburner until after his senior season.
“I think I’m going to commit summertime,” said Spiker. “I don’t have a list of schoolS right now, and I’m not really thinking about that. Later in the spring, I’ll start getting that together, but right now, it’s about working with my teammates and trying to win a championship.”