Lake Orion (Mich.) running back Marques Stevenson had to share carries in the Dragon's backfield last fall, but in the touches he did have the 5-8, 180-pound ball carrier was exceptional. In order to prove his talent this off-season, Stevenson is traveling around the country, participating against the nation's best players at camps and combines.
In January, Stevenson traveled to San Antonio, Tex., to compete against 500 of the top prospects in the country. He also took part in the Michigan Football Showcase in Ann Arbor where he went head-to-head with top Midwest ball carriers like Grand Blanc's (Mich.) Justice Hayes and Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger's Remound Wright.
"I am definitely trying to get my name out there and competing against the best. I always perform with a chip on my shoulder and try to prove something to people. I like to consider myself one of the better backs in the area.
"When I went down to San Antonio I saw there are a lot of great players out there all over the country. I saw a lot of my strengths compared to other players and I also saw a lot of my shortcomings and what I need to work on. I think I've gotten a lot better since then."
As a junior, Stevenson earned all-area recognition after rushing for over 500 yards and nine touchdowns on just 80 carries. He also caught a few passes out of the backfield and was his team's main kick returner. Running back appears to be where he will most likely project in college, however.
"Most schools have said running back," Stevenson said. "One school in particular, North Dakota State, mentioned slot wide receiver. I am open to switching around, but I have always been a running back in high school and that's where I am comfortable."
Based on his junior season performance and showings at winter combines, several schools have already started to contact Stevenson.
"A lot of the Big Ten schools send a lot of mail and I've been to a lot of junior days," Stevenson said. "I've been to Toledo's Junior Day and I just recently went up to Central Michigan for their Junior Day. They said they enjoyed my film, so I will definitely go down to some one-days and try to get offers from those schools.
"I am going down to Michigan's Junior Day this weekend. I have talked to a lot of Ivy League schools, like Harvard, so that's a strong possibility."
Stevenson is also a standout in the classroom, where he carries a 3.6 GPA. He wants to major in Political Science in college and then plans on attending Law School.