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Hamm up to two offers

New Brunswick, N.J. defensive end Marquise Hamm impressed at least a handful of college coaches at the recently held Elite College Combine. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder even picked up his second offer shortly after the event.
"It was a real god experience there, I got to go up against some of the top recruits in the nation," he said. "There was some good competition. I didn't think I'd do well, but I held up.
"I know a lot of big men don't have good footwork, but that's something I work on and felt like I showed that. I also tried to show my stamina. The one problem I had was flipping my hips. I have never really done that and if I can get it down it'd be great."
The day after the event, Hamm picked up his second scholarship from Toledo.
"I also got one over spring break from Syracuse," he said. "I took a visit out there and loved it, it was a great experience and I watched their spring game. As for Toledo, they came by after the combine. I don't know too much on them.
"There are a couple other schools that may offer. Colorado is close; they like me on tape, but want to see my grades at the end of the year. Connecticut also wants to see my grades and if they are up then I'll hopefully get an offer there too."
Hamm went on to discuss three schools are currently standing out to the lineman.
"Syracuse and Connecticut are my favorites," he stated. "I've taken unofficials to both and got along really well with the coaches. One other school that I'm very interested in is Michigan. They want to see my grades at the end of the year."
With such a variety of colleges looking, what does the Garden State lineman want in a college?
"Sports wise, I'm looking to go somewhere I can be an impact player and get playing time," he said. "Academic wise, I want somewhere that'll help keep my grades up. I sometimes need someone who stays on top of me."
Hamm plans to attend the Nike Camp at Rutgers this weekend.
Last season he posted 63 tackles, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles. He added seven receptions for 120 yards and five touchdowns on his way to second team all-area honors.
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