Milwaukee (Wisc.) Marquette linebacker Marcus Trotter is looking for the right fit in college. He hopes his school of choice is the same place he and his twin brother, Michael, wrapped up the WIAA Division 1 state championship earlier this month- The University of Wisconsin.
Marcus led a dominant Hilltopper defense is a 7-0 shutout of Menomonee Falls at Camp Randall, a week after shutting out powerhouse Arrowhead 35-0. Now, Marcus turns his attention toward recruiting.
Michael is already committed to the Badgers. Marcus' performance his senior year is likely to earn him more scholarship offers in the coming weeks. Indiana, Illinois State, Northern Iowa, and Wofford have offered Marcus, but he hopes the Badgers join the list in a couple of weeks.
"Wisconsin invited me for an official visit," Marcus said. "I am going in a couple of weeks and I will find out about an offer. The Wisconsin coaches have already told the other top guys in the state that they didn't have scholarships for that they can be preferred walk-ons in Madison. I am basically the only one now that has not whether I have a scholarship of not. I thought I would know a long time ago. I am hoping that means I will be getting one on my official visit."
Marcus' teammate, Cameron Botticelli, went into the state title game as an Eastern Illinois commit, but had made no secret of his dream to play for the Badgers. Botticelli was the game's defensive MVP, and a short time later accepted an invite to be a preferred walk-on for the Badgers.
Marcus was equally impressive in the state final game, recording seven tackles, a sack, and a game-sealing interception in the fourth quarter. Both Trotters and Botticelli earned AP first-team all-state honors.
"The Badger coaches got a chance to watch the state game at Camp Randall, and they liked what they saw," Marcus said. "I made the first few tackles of the game. I have camped there before, done well, gotten better each year. My football IQ is high."
Though a scholarship from Wisconsin is not on the table yet, Marcus said his talks with the Badgers' staff have been very positive.
"They don't need to see anything else from me," Marcus said. "It is a numbers game. They have told me to be patient. I actually just got off the phone with Coach [Bret] Bielema. He talked to Michael too. They want me to come there as well. They always ask both of us how we are doing. The coaches say they can't wait to see me and Michael in Madison. I just don't know yet if the scholarship offer is coming."
Though Marcus would follow Michael and Cameron to Madison, he isn't going to be disappointed with an opportunity at another school.
"If there is a scholarship from another school I want to go to, where I love the school and love the academics, I will go there," Marcus said. "I don't have to follow Michael. If Wisconsin offers, I plan on committing. But right now, I am still interested in other colleges. I am hoping other colleges see what I can do."
Marcus said Indiana is a major player in his recruitment, and he is starting to hear from Boston College as well.
"The Boston College coaches said the only have one scholarship for a linebacker. They are focusing on skill position players. They said if something happens with one of their other linebackers, I could be the next guy. I could even walk-on there and get an offer down the road."