June 3, 2009

Bagley picks up his first offer

As expected, defensive tackle Marcus Bagley received a scholarship offer Tuesday afternoon from the Wisconsin Badgers, his first during his recruiting process.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound prospect from Mesquite (TX) North Mesquite did not, however, make a decision and will take a visit to Madison before his final call.

"I talked to them (Wisconsin) today and they offered me," Bagley told BadgerBlitz.com Tuesday evening. "I actually haven't made my decision yet. I'm making plans on heading up there this summer and I'll make my decision then."

A standout on the football field and in the classroom, Bagley currently carries a 3.8 GPA and is interested in the engineering program at Wisconsin.

"Yeah, their programs interest me a lot," he said. "They have very good engineering program and I'm looking to major in mechanical engineering and also maybe in communications. I know both those programs are very good at Wisconsin."

Bagley, who has not selected a date for his trip to UW, is being recruited by defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.

"Our relationship is pretty good, I talked to him a lot over the phone," Bagley said. "He tells me that Wisconsin's a real good program where I'll have a chance to win and earn a great degree."

Outside of the offer from the Badgers, Bagley is also hearing from Oklahoma, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UTEP and Texas A&M, though distance may actually work in favor of UW in his situation.

"I'm really looking to locate out of the state of Texas because I've been here all my life and I really haven't traveled outside of the state," he said. "I'd like to get out and travel and see some other places.

"I want to be able to enjoy myself in the city. Being able to play right away really isn't a problem because I'm going to go in there and work hard and work for my playing time. I also want to go somewhere I can win and compete for a national championship."

His high school coach, Mike Robinson, provided a glowing endorsement of his star defender.

"Marcus is 6-foot-2, 305 pounds and makes plays from sideline to sideline," Robinson said. "Rarely will you see one man singly block him. He had a bench press of about 350, squatted over 500, dead lifted over 500 and power cleaned about 285.

"He's already qualified; he's got like a 3.7 or 3.8 GPA. He's what everyone is looking for in a d-lineman, except he's not 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5. I think a lot of schools are going to regret not taking a second look at him if they base it on his height.

"I know he's got heart and that's why I'm not afraid to say he'll be all-Big Ten academically and athletically. When you watch him play, you'll see him stand out from the others. I'm telling you, he's a diamond in the rough."

Bagely was a first-team all-districts 5A performer as a junior.

"OU showed an expressed interest in him, as well as Texas A&M," Robinson said. "UTEP has been showing interest. Texas Tech is another. Coach (Brent) Venables from OU thought he was a very dynamic player. Also, Coach (Charles) McMillian from A&M really liked him.

"A lot of people wanted to wait to see what his first two games of next season looked like. Also, a lot of schools wanted him to come to their camps. Unfortunately, some kids can't afford to travel the country going to camps."

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