One Sits Atop for Mata

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes and find out what's going down on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Clear Creek athlete Marcus Mata. This is a TPI Premium article.

It seems as though it will be any day now before League City (TX) Clear Creek athlete Marcus Mata pulls in that first offer. He has been patiently waiting, but it seems as though it will come through in a matter of weeks.

"Right now I do not have any offers, but I am hearing from a lot of schools," Mata said. "Tulane, Rice, Texas State, SMU and Sam Houston have all been recruiting me pretty hard."

And while the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Mata is open to all, one school has been on him hard throughout the process and looks to be in the lead for the athlete's services.

"Texas State has been recruiting me the most and I would have to say that it's my favorite right now," Mata said. "I have visited there, the most recent was the final game against Sam Houston. I really like it in San Marcos a lot."

Of all the schools mentioned, Mata stated that he has visited all except for Tulane. But for the moment, it seems as though the Southland Conference Bobcats team is the one to beat. 

In fact, it seems like the strong feeling are mutual across the board between the two. Mata claims that there is one factor in play that has hindered an offer up to this point. 

"The (Texas State) coaches keep in touch with me a lot. They told me that they would come back down to the school in January and maybe offer me," Mata said. "It could come in about two weeks. They want to see if I am going to commit to a larger Division I school first before extending an offer."

So, if Texas State offers, will Mata commit?

"Oh yes. That is more than likely," Mata said.

Mata said that the plan is for him to play slot receiver or the running back position. Mata finished the 2009 season with 797 yards and five touchdowns rushing. On the receiving end, he had 40 receptions for 299 yard and four touchdowns.

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