July 15, 2011

Rams eye OKC defensive tackle

Finding defensive tackles in the last two recruiting classes has been a tough task for the Colorado State Rams, who have made an early offer to Oklahoma City's Markus Wakefield in hopes of reversing that trend.

Last year the 6-foot-1, 280-pound Wakefield was Little All-City (schools class 4-A and under) for Heritage Hall as well as honorable mention All-State. He was credited with 137 tackles and 15 sacks. This season he said his goals are 150 tackles and 25 quarterback sacks.

Colorado State has been the first school to offer Wakefield a scholarship, but unlikely to be the last. The Rams have sent wide receivers coach Dan Hammerschmidt to Oklahoma in hopes of having him retrieve Wakefield.

"It has been pretty good (his relationship with CSU)," said Wakefield. "I have been talking coach Coach Hammerschmidt. They want me to play on the defensive side of the ball. I feel like their program is on the rise. I am going to make a visit there this fall for sure. I think I would fit in well, knowing a lot about the game of football I can fit into any system."

Wakefield said in addition to Colorado State, he is also hearing from Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Kansas State, Wyoming and Wake Forest, where he will be camping this weekend. He will also stop by TCU over the weekend.

When asked for a list of his strengths, Wakefield mentioned his interest in learning more about the game of football as well as his footwork. The big man is also the starting power forward on the Heritage Hall basketball team.

"My footwork is one of my biggest assets as well as knowledge of the football game," he said. "I pride myself on being a student of the game and not just a player. Learning my scouting reports is a big key to my game."

Wakefield said he would like to have his college choice made by the start of Jan. and is likely to put off his recruiting during the season. He said he will make his choice based on academics (he wants to major in sports medicine or business) as well as the atmosphere around the program.

Wakefield reports a bench press of 280 pounds and a squat of 500. He also has a 40-yard dash time of 5.0 seconds and an ACT score of 20.

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