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Future Husker with Marquis Black: Defensive tackle still playing in Georgia playoffs

Future Husker with Marquis Black: Defensive tackle still playing in Georgia playoffs

Marquis Black

Marquis Black (left) and Eagle's Landing will play in the state quarterfinals this week.

Marquis Black

Meet the players who plan to don Husker red in the coming years.

High school profile

My school: Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy.

City profile: McDonough, Georgia, is near Atlanta and has a population of about 25,000.

Number of players with NCAA Division I offers: 5.

Number of players out for football: 65 in high school.

This week: Eagle’s Landing has a 10-1 record going into Friday’s game against Athens Academy in the quarterfinals of the Class A private division playoffs. Black is a three-year starter.

Player profile

Height/weight: 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds.

Positions: Defensive tackle, tight end, fullback.

Rankings: ranks Black as a three-star prospect as a defensive tackle. He’s the No. 84th-ranked high school senior in Georgia. He committed to Nebraska on Oct. 12.

Final schools: Arizona, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Boston College.

Coach’s point of view

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy coach Jonathan Gess shares some stories about Black.

The best play I’ve seen him make: “Against an (offensive lineman) that was committed to (Alabama-Birmingham), about 6-6, 260, (Black) just destroyed him and made the tackle 6 yards in the backfield. I was just like, ‘OK, that’s a Division I player right there.’”

What college recruiters see in Black: “First of all he’s 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, so that helps you out. And then he’s a great athlete and has great hands and great feet. He’s a big, strong guy. There’s not many of those to go around.”

On his college recruitment: “I think the big connection there with Nebraska was I know (Nebraska director of player development) Ron Brown well and have a lot of respect for him. Just a great guy, and then (Nebraska tight ends coach) Sean Beckton recruited here from UCF, so we knew him. Just knowing Ron Brown, I was telling my guys that they need to get out there and check out Nebraska. Marquis did, and he loved it.”

On Black's season: “He’s had a great year. He’s leading our team in tackles, and tackles for loss and being a great leader.”

-- Brent C. Wagner


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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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