This is the fifth in a series of Q&A's with Bi-City recruits in the Class of 2016. For the complete Q&A, go to ledger-enquirer.com/valley-preps. Coming Tuesday: Central’s John Broussard.
Mikal Marble, in many ways, exemplifies the high school team he plays for.
Extremely talented, but perhaps overlooked, the 6-foot-2 rising senior is just looking for an opportunity to prove himself at this level or the next.
He’s heard from interested colleges, both at the FBS and FCS levels, but for the most part is still waiting on the right opportunity to come along. College coaches are taking a wait-and-see approach, as well, hoping to get a good look at the athlete’s abilities in his senior year.
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Marble is confident he can oblige in the fall. He took some time to talk about his recruitment with the Ledger-Enquirer last week.
I know you’ve gotten some solid interest over the past couple years. How is that interest coming now? Are you getting more interest going into your senior year?
Yeah, I’m getting a lot more. They want me to play my senior year to get more film on me, see how I move around the field. But I’m definitely hearing from a lot more teams.
What have you taken from the coaches at the next level — or high school level for that matter — as far as input on what you need to do better to prepare?
It’s all about technique for me. I’m a bigger guy, so they’re just giving me a lot of tips and techniques, how to stay under control, tackle better, that kind of stuff.
You play both ways in high school. Where do you project at the next level?
Most colleges want me as a safety or a hybrid outside linebacker, but some are looking at me as a receiver too. I just want to play, though. I’m not picky.
What kind of offers are you looking at right now? Are you hearing much from Division-I programs?
I’m still trying to get some more attention all around. I mean, it doesn’t matter to me whether I go Division-II or Division-I, I really just want to play somewhere I can fit in and make an impact.
What’s it going to take from you this year to start to push yourself forward a little bit in recruiting?
Obviously, I’ve just got to work harder, or keeping working hard, and give 100 percent every play. I know I can play at a high level in college, so it’s just a matter of proving myself to scouts and college coaches.
What about your team right now — what are you looking for out of Pacelli this season?
We just want to be better this year than we were last year. That’s been the plan here, and we keep getting better every year. Now we want to win more games, take the next step and give ourselves a chance in the playoffs. We want to contend for a championship.
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