Teague Names New Leader

There are a few big time prospects left in the state of Tennessee and several top schools are competing to land them in their class of 2009. Find out which school has taken the lead for Paris-Henry County athlete/defensive back Marsalis Teague.

Marsalis Teague, 5-10, 175 pound athlete from Paris-Henry County is one of the top prospects in the state. Teague has played quarterback all season for his team, but his athleticism has led most teams to recruit him as a cornerback. In the 2008 season he has racked up 835 yards rushing and 523 yards passing for a total of 13 touchdowns.

Teague most recently took in a visit to Gainesville to watch the Florida Gators dismantle the LSU Tigers. He said of the trip, "I went to the game and hung out with a couple of players afterwards. I talked to the coaches. I talked to Coach Meyer for a real long time and got to tour the facilities and the weight room."

His athleticism has led many schools to recruit Teague as hybrid between both offense and defense. The Gators on the other hand want him to play one side for now. He reported on the Gators, "They want me to play corner."

The atmosphere of "The Swamp" was something that really impressed Teague. He explained, "It was ridiculous. It was loud in the stadium. Coach Meyer had told me it was going to get loud, but I didn't know it could get that loud though."

For right now the Gators seem to be in great shape. He commented, "I would say Florida is definitely in the lead." In fact Teague went on to comment, "I will still take my official visits, but I have seen all the schools I am going to take my official visits to."

As for his timetable for his decision Teague explained, "I told myself that it would be at the beginning of the year, but I talked to my mom and coach Gaddis and I feel like it may be coming sooner than I expected." When asked if this was a good sign for the Gators he responded, "I will just say things might be coming sooner than I expected."

Another school that has heavily recruited Teague is Clemson. He said of the Tigers dismissal of Tommy Bowden, "I didn't know about it until I got out of practice today. I found out coach Swinney was the interim head coach. I have talked to him a lot in the process."

Even though he has not listed Clemson as a school in his most recent interviews he reported, "I would say Clemson and Georgia Tech are both in the hunt." The coaching situation is definitely an issue for Teague and he will keep a close watch. He said, "I definitely will see who the next head coach is and which direction the program is heading."

Teague spoke of his relationship with Clemson and the new interim head coach Dabo Swinney by saying, "I have a real good relationship." He went on to say of the possibility of Coach Swinney becoming the next head coach, "It would help because Coach Swinney and I have a real good relationship, but at the same time it's not all about a relationship with the coaches."


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