Defensive end Marcus Hardison offers a bright spot amid a winless opening five games this season for Dodge City (Kan.) Community College.
One of the top prospects for the class of 2013 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, Hardison holds more than two dozen scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Kansas State, West Virginia, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
“He’s athletic,” Dodge City coach Bob Majeski said. “He’s got really good speed, and he’s coachable.”
Dodge City uses Hardison, a second-team all-conference player last year as a freshman out of Punta Gorda, Fla., as a threat at multiple spots on the defensive line.
“We can move him around -- inside, outside -- because of how well he gets off the ball,” the coach said.
Majeski said he expects recruiting to intensify for Hardison in October. Hardison plans to graduate in May, with a redshirt year available and two seasons of eligibility at the next level.
A handful of additional Dodge City players look like candidates to sign with major colleges after this season, Majeski said.
Outside linebacker Jeremy Springer stars alongside Hardison.
“Great explosion and he runs well,” Majeski said. “A real strong kid.”
Running back Larry Walls came to Dodge City on the recommendation of coaches at Ole Miss. But with a new staff in Oxford this year, Majeski said, Walls may have to look elsewhere. A May graduate, he’ll have two years to complete two seasons.
Additionally on the offensive side, Majeski described receiver Brian Reed as a “sleeper.”
“He’s really coming around as a football player,” Majeski said. “I think he’s got a big-time upside because of his speed.”
Offensive lineman Bryson McCluskey, a possible December graduate, plays tackle at Dodge City but may land at guard after junior college, according to Majeski.