Ask any talented high school football skill player how fast they are and almost all of them will respond in three syllables: “four, point, four.” Rarely do you find players that are actually this fast, but it’s expected that they’ll respond in such a manner.
South Carolina signee Kadetrix Marcus, a safety, gave a surprising answer recently, saying that he only runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Considering his closing ability, this is a reasonable claim even if it wasn’t the expected answer.
But the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder wants to join the elite 4.4 club, so he’s working with Stephenson’s (Ga.) track and field team in his final semester before leaving for Columbia. He’ll run the 200 meters, 4x400 relay and 4x100 relay this spring.
Marcus also wants to get bigger. He plays more physical than his frame would suggest, but he may struggle to stay healthy at 185 pounds in the SEC. He could end up playing either of the safety positions for the Gamecocks.
“I want to go in ready to work hard in the weight room, in the classroom and on the practice field,” said Marcus, who wouldn’t mind redshirting if the coaching staff asks him to do so.
Almost all of South Carolina’s signees want to see the field this fall. Few of them actually will.
In fact, the majority of them will likely redshirt unless an injury epidemic hits USC this spring and/or summer. However, Pace (Fla.) offensive lineman Will Sport is expecting to redshirt this fall.
That’s not a surprise considering the raw nature of his talent. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder has a nice frame, but he’ll need some seasoning to develop into an SEC-caliber lineman.
“I think it’ll give me a year to get stronger,” Sport said.
He’s not playing any sports this spring and is focusing on his transition to the college game.
“I’m just working out and getting in shape to go up there,” Sport said. “I just want to get where they want me and come in ready to make an impact.”