January 26, 2011

Marquez excited about future

Odessa (Texas) running back Bradley Marquez was in Lubbock over the weekend for an official visit to Texas Tech, and similar to reports we've heard from other commits that were in town, the trip was all about the time spent with his future teammates.

"It was awesome being around everybody I'll be playing with. We've developed a really close relationship and that family vibe is part of what's so great about what I found at Tech," Marquez said. "Just being around those guys is a lot of fun and I have to believe that this time spent together is going to pay off down the road."

Marquez not only got to visit with his fellow commits, but he also got to be around a few current Red Raiders like Cornelius Douglas, Eric Stephens, and Austin Zouzalik. He also got to spend some time with offensive coordinator Neal Brown.

"I got to visit with Coach Brown and Coach Sonny Cumbie a little as well, just kind of about my future at Tech. We talked some about where they want to use me, and kind of what role they see me playing," he said. "They're kind of thinking that I might start out more as a running back, but there's no doubt that I'll see some time at some different spots. There are some things they're wanting me to do as a receiver too, so I'm thinking I'll just fit in wherever I can help. We've just talked a lot about putting me in a position to take it to the house anytime I touch the ball."

Luckily enough for Coach Brown, it appears that he'll have a weapon in Marquez who is willing to take on any challenge.

"I just want to help the team win. Just like I told Coach Cumbie, I'll do whatever they need me to do," he said. "I told Coach Cumbie that I knew I was going to sign as an athlete, but in all reality I could play defensive back or kick the ball if he wanted me to."

"I want to help Texas Tech win a lot of football games and I'd be happy to do that in whatever way they want me to. Whatever it may be, I just want to win games. I committed to Tech to win a national championship and if I've got to hold the ball on extra points to get there, I'll do it. As long as we're winning games and heading towards that trophy, it doesn't matter to me where I'm lining up."

The 5-foot-11, 173-pound senior will take part in an early morning signing day ceremony at his school next week, followed by a family celebration later that night. Even though it's a big occasion for many athletes across the country, Marquez is aware that it's only the beginning of a long process.

"I'm really excited. I can't wait for it and I can't believe it's as close as it is. I've been able to watch some of my teammates here sign letters of intent over the past few years and I just can't believe it's my turn now," he said. "Last year I was at home on national signing day watching ESPN's recruiting special during lunch, and I was only hoping I'd get to sign my name on that dotted line this year. Now that it's here I'm really excited, but I also know that it's just the beginning of all that's about to come my way. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but it will pay off in the end."

"I've been so blessed to have the full support of my family, and I consider myself really lucky to have found another family up in Lubbock. When I go there it already feels like home for me and I just can't describe the special feeling we as commits all have about our future at Tech. It's a new day for our program and Red Raider fans should be excited."

Marquez committed to Tech in May over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M, and Tulsa.

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