First offer for Standout QB

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Posted Jan 5, 2010


Mark Thigpen entered his senior season as the top quarterback in the city of Jackson and he did not disappoint earning the Chargers a playoff berth. The versatile Thigpen was hopeful that a good senior season would prolong his playing career. Earlier today, Mark picked up his first college scholarship offer.

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"Alcorn State offered me today," said Thigpen. "They have been on me all year. They came to a couple of games and saw me play."

While the official word came from Lorman today, Mark was not surprised by the Braves' tender.

"My coach gave me a letter today, but one of their coaches told me before they had a scholarship for me," said Thigpen. "It came through today and I feel real good about it."

The recruiting process has presented its' share of frustration for the talented quarterback. He believes a revolving door of coaches at Callaway did little to help his cause.

"It's my first offer of the whole year," said Mark. "I feel like some schools might be sleeping on my a little bit.

"I have had three different coaches and ran three different systems in high school. I feel like I have seen it all and I think I put up some pretty good numbers even with the adjustments.

"I feel like my record would have been better if I had been able to stay in the same system."

Some of Alcorn's conference foes are also showing interest in Mark. He believes that his first offer may soon be followed by a couple more.

"I have some SWAC schools staying in touch with me," said Thigpen. "The QB coach at Alabama A&M said he really liked my film. He said they were going to review it and get back with me.

"Jackson State has been talking to me. I talked to Coach Comegy. He's been following me since my 11th grade year. My coach told me he wanted me to come out to Jackson State. My coach was supposed to talk to him today, but I haven't heard from him yet."

While Mark has waited a lifetime for offer number one, he does not want to rush the process and make a rash decision.

"I am just going to see what see what happens," said Thigpen. "I am going to set up some visits. I know I am going to probably take an official visit to Alcorn and Alabama A&M before I do anything."

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