One of the better two-way linemen in the Midwest this upcoming recruiting season will be Philadelphia (Pa.) St. John Neumann star Marques Slocum, who is 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds.
Slocum earned first-team coaches all-Catholic league on both sides of the ball as a junior. He also earned second-team all-state honors, along with first-team Philadelphia Daily News all-city honors.
All of which have already started to attract the college coaches.
He has an early scholarship offer from Michigan State, the first school to see his junior game tapes. He went to an early junior day event at Maryland. Penn State, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Virginia are just four of the more than a dozen schools that came by the school early to evaluate Slocum.
“Many more offers will be coming down the line,” St. John Neumann assistant coach William Cooper said.
So why are all these coaches coming after Slocum?
“Marques is a tremendous athlete blessed with great natural size,” Cooper said.
“At this point, his greatest asset is his potential. He only seriously began to lift weights two months ago. With two months of weight training he went from 320 pounds to 330 pounds. However, he is not a fat boy and can he run.”