Hey guys! Guess what?! It is a measly 54 days until kickoff! But the number is technically unassigned, so we are going to talk about a player that is also technically unassigned a number.—Marquis Hendrix
#54, Marquis Hendrix, Freshman, LB
Photo courtesy of Hudl.
Height: 6' 1"
High School: Trinity Catholic HS, Ocala, Florida
How'd he get to the Blue™?
By being a hammer. A three-star rated recruit by Scout and a two-star by Rivals, Hendrix hails from talent-rich Florida (one of five players from the Sunshine State). Per Scout he was the no. 21 linebacker in the south and 10 in Florida. In short: dude makes plays. He was committed to the school sight unseen and that is quite all right! Watch his highlight reel to see him dominate and find out, exactly, why he was such a big deal for the Broncos. Quite a few offers on the list for Hendrix, but no "biggies" among Cincinnati, Alcorn St., Appalachian St., Furman, and Middle Tennessee St. I imagine like every other great player that has dominated the Blue for Boise State, a lightly recruited Hendrix will play with the massive chip on his shoulder other schools foolishly placed there.
More low hanging fruit guys.
Coming in as a true freshman, his highlights are, well, non-existent for Boise State. But for Trinity? He was a three-time first-team all-county honoree and second-team all-state as a senior. Had 129 tackles and three interceptions in his final year. He also carried the ball to a tune of an 80% success rate of scoring a touchdown (five rushes, four touchdowns). In his junior year, 122 tackles, 14 TFL, and 8 and half sacks.
In short: redshirt. Which is a good thing. Having Gray, Weaver, Vallejo, and Martarano to play through with backups Lee, Vander Esch, and Provenzano the hope is he does not play. But at 6' 1" 225, he already seems seems game ready. So unless he has some stellar fall practice, and barring injury, he'll gain some knowledge and see some all-MWC players dominate. Which it looks like he'll learn a lot. From his video, he makes a lot of good decisions, and is patient with his reads. Having this year to learn will be to his benefit.
Next year will be crowded as well. The linebacker corps will have: three seniors (one RS and two true), one RS-junior, two R-so, and two R-frosh. One of those R-frosh will be four-star Drew Berger. No shortage of talent, or competition, for a position group that needs heavy hitters. If Hendrix impresses this year, and in practices leading up for next, he could see some heavy rotation.
Is he on Twitter?
Never forget the day I committed to Boise State best day in my life‼️— Ocho (@MarquisHendrix1) June 6, 2015
I'll never forget the day I did either. Course, no one really cares about that. I know it involved me making fun of Idaho. So, I had that going for me.
Completely Made Up Fact
Though he shares the same last name as the famous guitarist, his favorite guitarist is actually Prince. If you catch Marquis in the right mood, he can lay down a pretty mean version of "Purple Rain." On a side note: Hendrix will most likely be bringing his own "Blue Rain" of pain to opposing offenses.