February 6th was a very significant day in the world of high school and college football. It marks the day that very talented young men that play the sport of football, make a decision that will change their lives. National Signing Day is like a U.S. holiday. It is the day that football players from both high school and junior college decide what school they will attend and where they will showcase their talents at the next level. Dodge City participated in National Signing Day with one of the biggest football signings in Dodge City Community College history.
Marcus Hardison was one of the most highly touted junior college defensive lineman in the nation. Hardison is the 5th ranked overall junior college prospect in the country. He was heavily recruited by schools from the Pac 12, Big 12, SEC, and Big 10. He had offers from Arkansas, K-State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas, Ole Miss, and West Virginia to name a few. The 6'4" 290 lbs D-lineman was recruited to Dodge City in 2011 and had two very good years. His physical presence and athleticism is what sets him apart from other D-lineman across the country. Marcus runs a 4.7 40yd dash and his max bench is 335 lbs. During his two years at Dodge City Marcus accumulated 84 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 4 blocked kicks.
In the end Marcus decided to take his talents to the grand canyon state of Arizona. Where he will attend Arizona State University, where he feels they will take him to the next level on and off the field. "All the coaches at Arizona State are straight up good guys," said Hardison. "They told me that I can accomplish anything I want on and off the field over there (at ASU) if I'm willing to work hard at it. I don't like when stuff is just given to me so that's fine by me."(www.thesundevils.com/sports) Left-Asst. Coach Rusty Morgan-Right Marcus Hardison