Dallas makes a name for himself at Reedley

This past season, Reedley DE Marcus Dallas (6-4, 245) showed people what he could do by causing a lot of problems for opponents off the edge. Because of that performance, schools have come calling and several have let him know they like what they've seen so far...

Dallas enjoyed a solid prep career in Georgia, but because he wasn't very heavily recruited, he decided to head west to continue his football career.

"My head coach in high school left and we all sorta got lost in the shuffle," Dallas told JCFootball.com recently. "I had some smaller schools come and talk to me and want me to sign with them, but I felt like I could play at the highest level possible, so I came out to Reedley to see what I could get."

After enrolling, Dallas got right to work at Reedley and this past season he posted 44 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and seven sacks and earned First Team All-Conference honors for his efforts.

"My pass-rush is my best thing, but I feel like I'm pretty balanced as a player," Dallas noted. "I just go out and do my job and make sure I help my whole defense. I'm a good communicator too.

"This year I want to be faster and stronger. I've been in the weight room five times a week and I'm running a lot and doing speed training too. It's definitely my focus right now."

On the recruiting front, while he doesn't have any offers yet, he is hearing from several programs who seem to like what they have seen so far.

"I've been hearing a lot from Baylor, Texas Tech, Nevada, Washington State, Kansas and San Jose State and I have a verbal offer from Jackson State, but I'm not really sure that's official yet."

Dallas maintains a 3.7 GPA and is on pace to graduate in December with three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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