July 2, 2008

Another class A standout in Texas

While Texas is the leader year in and year out sending high school football players to the collegiate level, seldom do players from class A ever make it on to that list. However, in the 2009 class alone a handful of players have earned scholarships from major programs led by the Maud trio of James Dunbar, Bryant House, and Ray Burns who have committed to TCU.

A few hours down the road south of Maud sitting in the east Texas pines is tiny Tenaha, home to one of class A's top players, athlete Marlon McClure. Entering his fourth year as a starter, McClure who dons the number five after his idol Reggie Bush, was everywhere on the field in 2007 for the Tigers helping them to a 10-4 record and regional finalist. On offense he accounted for over 1,800 yards total offense with 31 scores. He was equally as impressive on defense picking off 13 passes and recording 97 tackles from his safety position. For his efforts McClure was names his district MVP and first-team all-state offense and defense.

Several programs have taken notice of the 5-foot-9, 160-pound playmaker who also boasts 4.4 speed. McClure has an offer from UTEP but is also receiving interest from Texas Tech, TCU, Grambling, Northwestern, Houston, and Tulsa.

McClure recently made a commitment to attend a school but admits it is just a soft verbal for now.

"I gave a verbal to UTEP," he said. "I'm kind of solid but not really. I'm still listening to other schools out there. I like UTEP and Tech the best. I like them because of the type of offense they run and the coaching staffs at both schools."

McClure made the trek to Lubbock to attend their one day camp and came away highly impressed.

"It was fun and real nice," he said. "I worked with the wide receivers, that's what schools are recruiting me as. It's pretty much UTEP and Texas Tech at the top."

Another school McClure made quite an impression to was TCU who held a satellite camp in Maud a few weeks ago. The speedster says the Frogs are a team he is still interested in.

"After the camp their coaches told my coach that they really liked what they saw from me. I ran a 4.42 at their camp and didn't drop any balls. My forty was the second fastest time at the camp. I like the coaches a lot there."

McClure admits that while having the chance to play ball at the next level, he's hoping to get more out of the school than just four years of football.

"I want to be somewhere I can graduate," he said. "I want to be able to do something after football."

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