Wide receiver Marquis Liverpool knew his phone would be ringing off the hook on Sept. 1, the date college coaches were allowed to begin calling recruits again. As expected, he heard from several of his favorite schools.
"Man, it seems like I've been talking to coaches all the time since they've been able to call," said Liverpool. "Schools like Boston College, Southern Cal, Tennessee and Virginia all called. Some others called too. It's good to hear from coaches because there really isn't that much time left before we (recruits) have to make our decisions."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver from Teaneck (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and is the No. 26 wide receiver in the nation according to Rivals.com. Who are his leaders?
"The four I mentioned that called are probably my leaders," he said. "USC is way out there, but I'm going to consider the positives with them too. They're going to be one of the best, if not the best program in the nation consistently. Tennessee is a prestigious program and Virginia is on the rise. Boston College has a strong tradition and good academics, and they're closer to home than any of the other schools I'm considering."
When will Liverpool announce his decision?
"I want to take all five of my official visits before making my decision," he said. "I feel like the visits are something that I'm going to have to do. I'll need to see these schools up-close before deciding where I want to spend the next four or five years of my life."
As a junior Liverpool caught 40 passes for 801 yards and nine touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and intercepted eight passes as a defensive back.