DB Kadetrix Marcus building a following at Stephenson

Kadetrix "J.J." Marcus (Photo provided by Kadetrix Marcus)

Kadetrix "J.J." Marcus (Photo provided by Kadetrix Marcus)

Reputations can be good things or bad things. In the case of Stephenson High School and Kadetrix Marcus, it’s a very good thing.

Marcus — who may end up being the best safety in the state before it’s over — literally landed of the Jaguars. Marcus transferred to the Stone Mountain school from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs between fall and winter semester and he’s currently going through spring practice with coach Ron Gartrell’s team.

And if you know anything about Marcus, you won’t be surprised to know that he’s now their starting safety.

“We were already moving into the area,” said Marcus, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back. “But football is a high priority for me so we wanted to go somewhere the football was good and I could grow as a player. There was no place better than Stephenson for that.”

Stephenson’s reputation for sending its players out with college scholarships didn’t hurt. The Jaguars had a record 29 seniors end up with football grants-in-aid this past February.

Marcus was already garnering attention before moving to Stone Mountain. But now he has double-figure, major-college offers and more than 20 offers overall

“I have about 13 or 14 offers that I’m considering,” Marcus said. “Pretty much I’m always in contact with the coaches. A lot of coaches have been coming through since I’ve been here.”

Marcus’ best offers so far are from Auburn, Maryland, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford and Vanderbilt. Most recently he visited the Gamecocks in Columbia during spring practice.

But he hasn’t gotten offers from some of his favorites yet. He grew up a Clemson fan and, of course, would be interested in in-state powers Georgia and Georgia Tech. UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner came through earlier this week. Tech and Clemson are well aware.

In general those schools and others are asking Marcus to come to their camps for further evaluation. He may or may not.\

“I plan to take some visits this summer,” he said. “I’ll probably go to a couple of the schools that are the farthest away first, then maybe get it down to five or six schools before the season. I hope to decide sometime before signing day.”

Schools are recruiting him as both a cornerback and a safety. But Marcus — known by family and friends as “J.J.” — makes no bones about the position he prefers. It’s the one he’ll play for the Jaguars this fall.

“I love safety,” he said. “I like to being in the center of the field and coming up to hit people or take the ball away. But I can play anywhere.”

For now, that will be at Stephenson.

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28 comments Add your comment

trueUGAfan

May 14th, 2010
11:37 am

be patient the kid your dream school will come calling, good luck this season

Jim in Ga

May 14th, 2010
11:40 am

It doesn’t matter where you go, just get that education and enjoy playing football somewhere. Good luck to you in the upcoming season.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 14th, 2010
11:47 am

UGA has already gotten commits from two that are likely to be positioned at safety but they room for one more and Marcus will be evaluated during the season at Stephenson . Obviously he has talent.

Delbert D.

May 14th, 2010
11:52 am

Stanford, Vanderbilt and Purdue…sounds like Mr. Marcus is pretty hot, academically. Go for it, kid!

Vick=Dog killing thug

May 14th, 2010
11:53 am

I would of liked to hear more about the kids skill sets. How fast is he? Work ethic? Grades? How do you justify tagging him as the possible best in the state?

Paddy

May 14th, 2010
12:33 pm

Vick=Dog…If Stanford and Vandy have offered you can put a check in the box for grades. Those schools don’t waist their time on anyone who can’t cut it!

Chip Towers

May 14th, 2010
1:56 pm

Paddy, Vick=Dog: I’m told he has a 3.4 GPA and have seen 4.6 40s listed for him. Coaches say really quick read/react and back-pedal/hip-turn. But haven’t seen him in action personally.

chc4

May 14th, 2010
1:59 pm

Kadetrix? Seriously?

Vick=Dog killing thug

May 14th, 2010
3:07 pm

Thanks Chip, good point Paddy…..

TXDawg

May 14th, 2010
4:11 pm

I love seeing my old high-school coach get these good athletes. I wish we had all the talent he’s getting these days back in our old Shamrock days. Now all he needs to do is get that state title!!

Sleep late lose weight

May 14th, 2010
10:07 pm

Georgia better offer this kid because he is the best safety in the state. I seen corey moore in the 7on7 camp down in alabama and he’s not even close in skill set to this kid so if ga miss on this kid and take corey moore over him some heads need to role in athens. This kind of remind me of how Ga took Jasper Sanks over Jamal Lewis,Ga dont miss on this one.

Sleep late lose weight

May 14th, 2010
10:43 pm

I still dont understand where is Ga with the stephenson players.13 players already have D1 offers but nobody has one from Ga.They have players like Willie Davis,Jared boyd,Kadrix Marcus,Jordan Mincy, and all these guys has D1 offers and Ga hasnt offered none of them.Remember Jermain Cunningham[Florida],Perry Rilley[LSU],MARCUS BALL[FLORIDA STATE],andKelvin Shepard[LSU] all in one class and Ga didnt land any of them.Stephenson is none for produceing good players now we have to get GA to recognize.

Red Dog 77

May 15th, 2010
1:05 am

To those who wonder why Georgia hasn’t offered yet, just look at who Georgia already has, then look back at this site in about a month, and then tell me Georgia doesn’t know talent ! Georgia is in the perfect position to literally land “The Dream Team “in 2011……….We are “livin’ LARGE in Athens ” this year folks………..Just relax !! GO DOGS !!!!!!!

C-town

May 15th, 2010
11:10 am

Sleep late…..Jasper was the best RB in the state that year. Jasper problem was not talent. With that thinking I guess UGA should pass on I.Crowell , his also from Carver-Col like Sanks was.

Sleep late lose weight

May 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

C-TOWN…..Sanks was the best back in the state says scouts and rivals, college football is big business and a school as large as Ga should be able to asses talent without the help of these recruiting sites. I. Crowell is a great back the best back in the state according to ”rivals” so if we havent done our homework lets get ready to watch another back go out of state and help another team win a national title. One mistake that has already been made Corey Moore over Kadetrix Marcus i have seen both of them and it’s not even close so Ga do yourself a favor and do your own talent assesment because teams like Alabama,Tenn,and FLA are laughing right now.

blue and gold

May 15th, 2010
10:28 pm

the real talent is @ swd they have reloaded and have just as many d1 prospects than last year. they are going to have a team that is loaded with very aggressive and explosive players

pound 4 pound

May 16th, 2010
12:50 am

Enter your comments here

pound 4 pound

May 16th, 2010
1:00 am

Everybody know that the talent is at Stephenson and i was at there practice the other day and boy the speed is unmatched.The runningback Willie Davis is going to make somebody a great back.

Joe R.

May 17th, 2010
8:18 am

WHOAAAA, what happened to Jared Boyd?. He has been faithful to the program for four years now and to switch his position/pull his spot is NOTTT cool…

put up a fence around ga

May 17th, 2010
10:26 am

joe r what are you talking about their are two safeties on the field and jared is one of them take a tylenol son

Mr. Johnson

May 19th, 2010
1:45 pm

Look out Stephenson, MLK is reloading…… You’re defense didn’t look so good at the spring game yesterday. Especially in the secondary.

put up a fence around ga

May 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

mr johnson thank you for your comment. MLK has scored a total of 7 points on us in three years we are not worried. no one cares about MLK get use to it.

Mr. Johnson

May 20th, 2010
8:55 am

Nov 5 will be here before you know it…….. I’m sure it will be a great matchup

Jaguar Fan

May 30th, 2010
10:58 pm

This is My school!!!!!!! Lets Go Jaguars!

Jaguar Fan

May 31st, 2010
12:51 pm

Chip when are the 2010-2011 football schedules going to be out???

We Believe In The Green and The Gold.

July 27th, 2010
11:06 am

Sleep late lose weight, You must sill be dreaming cause you cant be talking about my Corey Moore. You need to wake up.

BEAR PRIDE

July 27th, 2010
11:24 am

sleep late lose weight….please wake up from that dream!
Corey Moore is definitely The Best and obvisouly Georgia sees it!

BEAR PRIDE

July 27th, 2010
11:25 am