Slocum Narrows List

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6-5, 335-pound Marques Slocum recently completed his Southern and Midwestern college swings. The 4-star defensive tackle/offensive lineman visited schools such as UNC and Miami (Fl) before heading to the Midwest, where he visited Michigan, Indiana, Notre Dame, Wisconisn, Iowa and Michigan State, respectively.

“It was a great experience,” Slocum said of his college tour. “I got to see a lot of different schools and talk to a lot of different coaches.”

Following his visits, Slocum narrowed his list of over 25 scholarship offers to 8 schools.

“I have a top 8,” Slocum said. “They are Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia, Maryland, UNC, Oklahoma and LSU. The way I decided was really more of a vibe thing. I haven’t seen Oklahoma or LSU, but I want to look into them more. As far as the other 6, I had been to those places and got a good vibe from each of them.”

Slocum says he will cut his list to 5 by the middle of September.

“I’m going to narrow down my list on September 16th so I can start arranging my official visits,” Slocum said. “If not the 16th, it will be sometime around then.”

How he will go about narrowing his list from 8 to 5 is uncertain. Slocum admits he is not sure exactly how he will do it.

“I have no idea to be honest,” Slocum said when asked how he would narrow his list to 5. “I’m going to sit down and do more research on each school. I’m going to go further into the depth chart and see what type of program each school is going to have.”

Among the top 8 schools, 3 currently stand out as “strong favorites.”

“My strong favorites are Michigan, Miami and Michigan State,” Slocum said. “Michigan is like my childhood favorite, and when I had the chance to visit I got to see the type of place it is and meet the coaches. That’s when I really started liking them. And they have the academics to back it up.

“Going into the Michigan State visit, I didn’t really know if I liked them. The visit there was one of those vibe situations. I had a great vibe. I felt really comfortable there. The coach is an exciting guy who I think could bring out the best in me.

“Miami is a team that always has good football and great city life. I felt comfortable there and they backed it up with academics also.”

The 3 aforementioned programs do seem to have the edge right now, but Slocum admits they may have the lead because they are the most recent visits.

“I think it might be one of those things where these