Colston makes commitment to WAC school

One of the more versatile running backs in that Cali JUCO ranks this past year was Modesto RB Marquell Colston (5-9, 205). He loves to carry the rock and he's also an adept receiver out of the backfield. He recently made a commitment to a WAC school and while he's excited to make a decision, he still wants to see what else is out there before he signs on the dotted line.

"I committed to New Mexico State on Wednesday," an excited Colston told "Coach (Earnest) Wilson is a great coach and I just really liked how he talked about what they want to do with me and how they want to use me next year.

"He said he wants me to come in there next year and get 20 to 25 carries and be a premier back for them and that just made me feel really comfortable with things there."

Another factor was that, even though Colston can sign in December, he wanted to run track and the Aggies said they will take him whenever he can arrive on campus.

"I was going to sign in December, but we did really well in track last year and this year I think we're going to get a ring so I don't think I'm going to leave early," Colston said. "Most of the schools that want me, want me to come there so I can be there for spring and I understand why they want me to do that, but I really want to finish what I started with my track team too and New Mexico State said they would take me whenever I could get there."

Even with his early commitment, Colston said he's still going to keep his options open even though he really likes the situation in Las Cruces.

"Arizona State wants me to trip there next weekend (December 15th) so I think I'm going to head there and check them out," Colston said. "Arizona, TCU and Grambling have also said they want me to come on a visit so I will probably go on a visit in January.

"I haven't visited New Mexico State yet either, so I will be heading there on a visit in January too."

After a solid freshman season, Colston followed that up by rushing for 996 yards and seven touchdowns while hauling in 30 receptions for 506 yards and three more scores through the air in only nine games.

"It's kind of a 'no-win' situation for me when you try to defend me," Colston said. "I will pound you and pound you on the run, but when they want to come and stack the box, then I can be split out because I'm a natural receiver.

"I had a really bad, deep thigh bruise, like the one that Adrian Peterson for the Vikings got, so I didn't get to play in our last two games and that killed me, but I just couldn't go."

Colston will have three years to play two and he expects to sign in February and then finish up his two-year degree in May.

We'll continue to follow his progress over the next two months and update things as they happen.

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