Three Bi-City football players ended the suspense this week, making their college commitments just weeks before the regular season is set to begin.
Harris County quarterback TaQuon Marshall is headed to Georgia Tech, and both Carver defensive back Khane Pass and Central do-it-all athlete Traveon Samuel to Louisville.
Marshall's selection of Georgia Tech was announced on Tuesday, though he had made up his mind a couple days prior. He said he had let the coaches know he would be making his decision and that they were excited to be able to share it in the coaches meeting on Wednesday.
"They thought it was a great decision," Marshall said. "It's not a four-year decision for me, it's a 40-year decision."
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Marshall said a big reason for his choice was the academics and location of Georgia Tech. He called it a "win-win."
"It has great academics, it's a great school," he said. "It's not too far from home, but far enough away from home. And there's great football in the (Atlantic Coast Conference). It was a win-win."
He was recruited for everything from quarterback to running back and even defensive back. He said he'd prefer--and he thinks the Yellow Jackets prefer, as well--that he remain on the offensive side of the ball.
He chose Georgia Tech over offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Marshall. Marshall passed and ran for over 1,000 yards each in 2013 and accounted for 24 touchdowns on the ground and through the air. He was named first-team All-Bi-City.
Samuel, who had previously stated he planned to make his decision after the season, committed to the Cardinals on Friday, coinciding with Pass's commitment on the other side of the river. He described why he made his decision in a message to the Ledger-Enquirer.
"I mean great coaches, great place, great program," he said. "I love it."
The former is a do-it-all guy for the Red Devils who rushed for 780 yards and 11 touchdowns, caught 44 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns and compiled 22 returns for 445 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. All total, he had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards, and he said earlier this week he'd like that number to be closer to 3,000 this year.
Arguably the best all-around athlete in the Bi-City area, Samuel selected the Cardinals over offers from Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others. Samuel was considered a three-star prospect on 247sports.com's composite rankings. He was also a first-team selection for the 2013 All-Bi-City team.
Pass, meanwhile, became the second major Division-I commitment from the Carver High defense, joining linebacker/defensive end Mekhi Brown, who is headed to Alabama. Pass was also rated a three-star prospect and selected Louisville over offers from Mississippi State, N.C. State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Purdue and Texas A&M, among others.
It is the first big news for the family, which is sure to have another major commitment in the next two years. Brother Jawon is considered one of the nation's top quarterback recruits for the Class of 2016.
Khane Pass recorded 55 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions as a junior last season en route to a first-team All-Bi-City selection.
Samuel said he and Pass were friends and that it "felt great" to have another local player going to play at the same school.