This past season Marcus Richmond of Dobson high made big strides in establishing himself as one of the top backs in Arizona. With prototypical size and break away speed Marcus should turn the heads on recruiters across the nation.
24-7: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?
Marcus Richmond: My favorite thing about playing high school football, it has to be the Friday night lights. It sounds corny but just the fact that you're getting ready to go to war with your buddies. There's no other place I rather be then under those lights at my home stadium.
24-7: What is your official height and weight?
Marcus Richmond: 6-2, 200 lbs.
24-7: What is your greatest football memory?
Marcus Richmond: MY greatest memory has to be the day when coach DeMassa moved me up to varsity my sophomore year and I got to play with my brother Conorie Richmond in his senior year. That was my dream to play with him.
24-7: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Marcus Richmond: My goals for the upcoming season are to continue getting 100 yards or more in every game, work on my ball handling, and double my touchdowns. I had 16 this past year.
24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you be attending any camps this summer? Have you gone to any combines? How did you do?
Marcus Richmond: Right now I'm running track and working on my footwork on my own just my cuts and so on. This summer, yes I am attending some camps. I'm going to Arizona State's and hopefully I get to go to Oregon's camp this June. Right now I'm still talking it over with my parents about any others such as Nebraska's and Michigan States'.
24-7: What aspects of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Marcus Richmond: The thing that I have been working on the most is me holding onto the ball no matter what. I have been walking around my house with a football in my hands at all times I even sleep with it in my arms. I would like to keep improving on exploding off the ball and going through the hole strong and low.
24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Marcus Richmond: This year people need to look out for our tight end Peter Heying, QB Chris Lewis, Center Josh Embree, and Linebacker Jared Tsinnijnnie.
24-7: Name One teammate you really Respect and tell us why?
Marcus Richmond: The person would have to be my OT Brenton Good, he is always there to tell me what I should do next time to get me down the field, and he gives me advice about the college football recruiting world.
24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Marcus Richmond: Some of My goals regarding playing football in college is to work hard enough to play my freshman year. As well as playing in the PAC-ten, that has been a goal of mine since I was little.
24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who are your top 5?
Marcus Richmond: The schools currently recruiting or looking at me are; Oregon, Arizona state, Arizona, Michigan State, Nebraska, Washington, Northwestern, UTEP, Notre Dame, Washington State, Wyoming, Brown and Harvard. No, I have not received any offers. I think its safe to say that my top five at this point are:
1.Oregon, 2. Arizona State 3.Michigan State, 4.Nebraska and 5. Washington. But who knows it might change.
24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Marcus Richmond: Yes, of course Arizona has three really good college football teams.
24-7: Who was the best player you ever played against?
Marcus Richmond: The best player I would have to say is Channing Trotter he is just flat out good. I think Channing and I battled a little for the most East Valley. rushing yards this year.
24-7: Name one team who you really respect and why?
Marcus Richmond: Mountain View hands down, this team is good every year. They make me glad that I play in the East Valley region.
24-7: What other sports do you play?
Marcus Richmond: Other than football I play basketball and I run track for my school.
24-7: What are your best max lifts in bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Marcus Richmond: Bench 255, Squat 375, Power Clean-185,and 4.48 40 yard dash.
24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Marcus Richmond: I would have to say he would describe me as a player with heart, and a person who would put his team before himself.
24-7: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?
Marcus Richmond: I'm going to have to go back in the day and say Mr. Sanders from the Lions. When I was little I would tape every game he played in and watch him run for hours. He is the reason I ever picked up a football.
24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Marcus Richmond: "If they're too big go around them and if they're too small go through them and if they are too big and too fast bring the pain and sit him on the grass." DAD
24-7 would like to thank Marcus and his family along with the staff at Dobson for putting this interview together.