Versatile back waiting on first offer

Feather River RB Marcus Okobi (5-11, 190) had a great freshman season at fullback and made the switch to running back this past fall and now he's hearing from schools from around the country and he's close to a couple offers.

"I got placed by Michigan State here when I graduated from high school," Okobi, who played at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida, told recently. "They were really interested in me, but I didn't have the grades back then so they helped get me a spot here."

His first year on campus, Okobi was a fullback for the Golden Eagles and paved the way for their running game. This year, he made the switch to halfback and he had a very productive season for a team that went 6-5.

"I had almost 800 yards rushing on 108 carries and nine touchdowns," Okobi said. "They didn't use me too much in the passing game, but I love to catch the ball out of the backfield. I'll even move to slot-back if that's what it takes, because I love having the ball in my hands."

Okobi has an excellent combination of size, speed and strength. He runs the 40 in 4.44 seconds and recently put up 340 on the bench. He also sports a 38-inch vertical, so the athleticism is there to play at the D-1 level.

"I can run inside or outside, but I'm more of a finesse runner," Okobi said. "I'm pretty strong so I like running between the tackles, but on sweeps and pitches, that's when I can get out in space and make things happen."

On the recruiting front, the three main schools recruiting him are Washington State, Nevada and UNLV, but he's also hearing from Kansas State, Iowa State and Florida State as well.

"I hear from Nevada, Washington State and UNLV every week," Okobi said. "None of them have offered, but they sound like they're getting pretty close.

"Florida State recently started recruiting me and Kansas State contacted my coaches about me too."

So far Okobi doesn't have any visits set, but he hopes that will change in the very near future.

"I graduate in December, so I'm looking to take some visits pretty quickly," Okobi said. "I'm from Florida, but I'll go anywhere that I can get a chance to play. I'm already away from home, so that really isn't that big of a deal."

Okobi will have three years to play two wherever he ends up and he plans to major in business.

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