O'Keith names leader

<b>Marcus O'Keith</b> has been biding his time, going about his business, but the 6-0, 185-pound running back from Carson, California knows that what could have been a magical season for him is almost gone.

I hurt my knee in the beginning of the season and then we missed another game because of the terrorists," O'Keith told Dawgman.com tonight. "I'm 100 percent right now."

The main thing that can redeem Marcus' season would be a big night against San Pedro this weekend. This game has BIG implications for Narbonne. "We're 4-4 right now," Marcus said. "We play San Pedro on Friday. If we win we go to the 4A playoffs. If we lose, we go to the 3A."

In the 5 games O'Keith has played, he's tallied 600 yards and scored 8 times. He'll be looking for the end zone a lot on Friday. He fully expects to get the help he needs from his offensive line, anchored by big Alex Potasi. "The offense is just starting to come back together," Marcus said. "The defense has always been there, but the offense is clicking now."

Despite his limited action, O'Keith has still been getting plenty of attention from four Pac-10 schools, but one in particular has him very interested. "Basically it's Washington," O'Keith said when naming his favorite college. "Coach Neuheisel calls me every week. Cal and the Arizona schools call too."

Neuheisel and O'Keith have built up quite the rapport. "We talk about the past game and the next game coming up. He also talks to my parents a lot too."

Marcus' parents will also be on his official visit to Washington. "I don't have a date set up. I'm waiting for him to call so I can set one up."

With all of his favorites having offered, Marcus still feels like Seattle just might be future home. "I think I'm just going to take at trip to Washington in a few weeks and maybe one other school," he said. "That's it."

To hear O'Keith talk, you would think he has verbally committed to Washington, but that talk would be premature. "Not yet!" Marcus said, but then he added, "Well, I'd say I'm about 80 or 85% committed to them right now." So what is holding O'Keith back from making it official? "I want to take a trip up there to see what everything is like, the academics...everything."

There is still plenty of time to go before Letter of Intent Day, but it looks like Marcus O'Keith has found his college choice. The i's haven't been dotted and the t's haven't been crossed, but it's looking very good for the Huskies at this point. Stay tuned.

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