Slocum Changes List

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West Catholic (Philadelphia, PA) defensive tackle Marques Slocum says that there are some changes on his list of top schools. Two teams are out and a new team is in, making his top list 7 schools instead of the previous 8.

“UNC has dropped out, and so has Oklahoma,” Slocum said. “USC is now in. There was a misunderstanding there. They thought I wasn’t interested and I thought they weren’t interested. One of my coaches who knows their running back coach asked if I was interested and I said yes. Now they are back in it.

“My top schools are now USC, Miami, LSU, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State and Maryland. They are all even.”

One official visit destination appears to be set. Slocum still plans on taking all 5 official visits before making a decision.

“My coach has set up 1 official visit I think – to Michigan State,” Slocum said. “It might be in November, but I’m not sure.”

A second destination is close to being set, with the remaining 3 spots up for grabs.

“Not yet,” Slocum replied, asked if he has decided which other schools he would like to take official visits to. “Actually, I’ll probably take a trip to Miami too. They are also recruiting [West Catholic teammate] Derrell [Hand]. Miami and Michigan State are the only 2 schools we have in common. We’re really looking to play for the same school.”

Slocum says that UVa is “still pretty strong” on his list and remains in serious contention to receive an official visit. He has spoken with several Cavalier coaches this month and has been impressed.

“I have talked to Coach Bob Price,” Slocum said. “He’s a great man. He’s a funny guy. And he really knows how to recruit. He gets straight to the point. He and Coach London get straight to the point. They don’t wander off and talk about one thing for 10 minutes and then come back and talk about something else for another 10 minutes. They are both direct and to the point. I like that.”

Slocum is not sure when he will set his remaining official visits. He is concentrating on his senior season and helping West Catholic capture a state title. They are off to a great start at 3-0.


Receives Big Honor

Slocum recently received a major honor. The 6-5, 335-pound prospect was selected to the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

The press conference announcing his selection was held yesterday.