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Marcus Trice says one reason that Wisconsin tops his list is because they are recruiting him the hardest. "They stand out right now because they are recruiting me so much," Trice said. "They send me mail every day and I get something from all the coaches. I really love the Big Ten and Wisconsin is a very prestigious program. They have a good history of winning..."

Marcus Trice, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound four-star cornerback from Mesquite, Texas, finished his junior season (7-5) with 60 total tackles, 40 solos, 14 pass breakups and seven sacks.

"I have a good football IQ," Trice said. "I can break on the ball and I can make plays when the ball is in the air.

"My biggest strength is my quickness, but I want to improve my straight ahead speed," he said. "Today's game is all about speed, not strength. But I do want to bulk up a bit. I'd like to add another 10-15 more pounds."

He says he can bench press 275-pounds, squat 445 and claims a 33-inch vertical jump.

Trice, Scout.com's No. 20 cornerback, has 10 scholarship offers and remains very open. "I don't really have much of a favorite yet," he stated. "I'm just going by the schools I'm most familiar with and right now Wisconsin stands out."

He says the Badgers now lead slightly over Tulsa, SMU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa and Iowa State. All of Trice's favorites have offered except for Oklahoma. UTEP, Vanderbilt, Arizona and Minnesota have also offered.

"I grew up following Oklahoma," he said. "Them and Kansas were my favorite teams. OU would always win and they were always sending players to the NFL.

"I liked Kansas because I actually was raised in St. Louis, Mo. (where he lived for nearly 15 years), and Kansas is pretty close," he said.

But like the Sooners, the Jayhawks have offered Trice. "Kansas was recruiting me, but they had two corners commit already and don't need anymore," he said.

"Oklahoma is still recruiting me and I think the offer will come," Trice said. "I've talked with coach (defensive coordinator) Brent Venables and he said they just want to see me play a bit more."

Even though Kansas isn't recruiting Trice any longer, he says he keeps in regular contact with Jayhawks wide receiver Daymond Patterson. "We're good friends. I go to him a lot," he said.

"He gives me a lot of advice. He tells me not to get pressured into anything and not let people tell me what I want to hear. I hate when people aren't honest."

He says one reason that Wisconsin is at the top of Trice's list is because they are recruiting him the hardest. "They stand out right now because they are recruiting me so much," he said.

"They send me mail every day and I get something from all the coaches," Trice said. "I really love the Big Ten and Wisconsin is a very prestigious program. They have a good history of winning."

The first school to offer Trice was Tulsa and he attended their spring game earlier this year. "I love how it just feels like home there," he said. "It seems like a very family oriented place."

The only other school that he has already visited is SMU. "They weren't really a school I was interested in at first," he admitted. "But they are definitely moving up. I'm getting to know the coaches pretty well and I like them a lot.

"The coaches (at SMU) are real honest and I like the experience they have," he said. "They have NFL experience and know what they are talking about."

Trice says he doesn't plan on attending any camps this summer, but he will try and visit a few schools unofficially. "I definitely plan on visiting Iowa and Iowa State," he said.

"Iowa has a history of playing smaller defensive backs and I think I could probably play early there," Trice said. "Iowa State said the same thing. They said they think I could contribute right away and I like how they are an up-and-coming team."

Trice says he plans on taking all five of his official visits before making a decision. "I'm looking for coaches that are genuine and where I feel at home," he said. "I want to be in a good environment and have a chance to compete early.

"Travelling isn't a big deal for me as long as I feel at home," Trice added.

Trice says he'd like to major in either psychology or business administration. He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1390 SAT.

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