WR Marquan Major and 2012 prospects are looking to carry Las Vegas High School
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas High School receiver Marquan Major's goal is simple: be the best prospect at his position in the Las Vegas area for the 2011 recruiting cycle.
Although he is somewhat of an unknown prospect thanks in part to a broken collarbone last year, Major has the tools to make his goal a reality. During his sophomore season he caught 58 passes for 762 yards and five touchdowns.
"It was sort of a freak accident and I didn't really get into a rhythm the entire year," said Major, who only had 16 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns during his injury-plagued season. "It was on a go route and I had my arms outstretched and everything like that. On the X-rays, it didn't look that bad, but it felt bad. It was hard seeing my team out there playing and I really wanted to be out there."
The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder was timed at the Las Vegas National Underclassman Combine in February at 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a stellar 4.27 second shuttle. He also looked good during the rain-shortened Phoenix Under Armour Combine.
"From our standpoint, he's a receiver that we can line up at any of the (receiver) positions on the field," Las Vegas coach Chris Faircloth said. "We feel confident that we are better than any defensive backfield he lines up against. Whether he faces double coverage or not, he always puts us in good shape."
On the recruiting front, UNLV and Colorado State are showing the most attention and both could be on the verge of offering. Major has been impressed with what he knows so far about the offensive system of first-year Rebels coach Bobby Hauck, who was hired this year from Montana.
"At Montana, they ran a spread offense similar to what we run here at Las Vegas," Major said. "So that can only benefit a receiver like me. That's really what I am looking for is a spread offense just like that."
Henderson's a rising star
Multiple coaches in Las Vegas think that Class of 2012 quarterback Hasaan Henderson has special potential. That includes Faircloth.
"He's got so much to work on, but has so much ability," Faircloth said. "He's got a strong arm and runs very well for a player his size. He's going to develop into a huge recruit during the next two years."
As a sophomore starter, the 6-4, 200-pounder threw for 1,805 yards and 20 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He also rushed for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
"It was a very good experience last season," Henderson said. "I learned from the times I played well and also from the times we didn't play well as a team and lost."
Major feels like Henderson is only scratching the surface as well.
"He's a real hard worker and a great athlete," Major said. "He has a year's worth of experience under his belt."
Henderson plans to attend multiple college camps this summer and will head to an Elite 11 regional workout at some point as well.
Class of 2012 running back Farrell Victor rushed for 889 yards and eight touchdowns and also was a receiving threat, catching 34 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns. Victor also missed two games this past year.
"I've got good footwork and that's something I've worked on a lot," Victor said. "I've juked a lot of people. This summer, I want to get bigger and faster. A lot of guys are targeting me now."
Faircloth added that he believes Victor has a lot of versatility and will be able to help whatever college ultimately ends up with him in a number of ways, including the return game.
JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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