For most in West Tennessee they just see Marsalis Teague, 5-10, 175 pound quarterback/defensive back from Paris-Henry County as a blur. His combination of speed and quickness has made him one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state. Several schools have been working hard to get Teague on campus to show him why his services are needed at their school.
Teague reported, "This past weekend I went to the University of Miami for the Florida State game." He said of his visit, "I got to talk to a couple of players and coaches. I got to talk to Gavin Hardin and Graig Cooper. Miami started of real sluggish but picked up in the second half with a great comeback."
The atmosphere did a good job of impressing Teague in his first game experience at Miami. He explained, "I really enjoyed the fans. They were going crazy the whole game. Even though it was 24-3 at the half the fans kept cheering the entire game." He went on to say, "I really wanted to get down there to see what the atmosphere for an actual game would be like. I wanted to get to see what the players were like too."
This weekend Teague will take another trip south, but this time he will go to Gainesville to check out the Florida Gators. He commented on what he expects to see, "The coaches said they are going to blow me away when I come down there. I hope that's true. I hope I get down there and get to watch a good game."
Before traveling to Florida Teague and his Patriot teammates will have a daunting task in front of them as they take on number four in the state in class 4A Memphis-Brighton. He said of the game, "They are hyping this game up because they are ranked number four in the state right now and we are ranked number two in the state right now."
The combination of Teague and running back Domnique Allen had led many to favor the Patriots to compete for a state title. He explained, "I am very confident in my team this year. We feel like we have the type of team that on any given night we can compete with anyone. We understand we have to go out and compete because the other team is not just going to lie down."
Although most teams are recruiting him to play in the defensive secondary there are a few teams that have talked to him about being a dual threat on both sides of the football. He said, "Clemson started talking about offense and Tennessee a little bit." In the past he has also listed Georgia Tech, Michigan, and Vanderbilt as schools that have shown an interest in him playing on offense.
After visits to Miami and Tennessee Teague has begun to reevaluate his options. He said, "The schools that are after me the hardest have to be Florida, Miami, and Vanderbilt."
As far as Vanderbilt and their great start to the 2008 season Teague commented, "I can remember going down there this spring and Coach Johnson told me he felt they were going to be competitive this year. He felt like they would have a good year." He went on to explain, "I wasn't expecting them to come out and beat the teams they have beaten and to be number thirteen in the nation right now. Vanderbilt is a better team than people know."
Many fans from several teams are keeping a close eye on Teague and how he makes his decision but one thing is for sure Vanderbilt is definitely in the race. Teague reported, "I am definitely still interested in them. Obviously that they are still winning helps a lot but I was still interested before the season started and I am still interested today."