Marqise Lee tops available athletes

Originally Published: January 23, 2011
By Jamie Newberg | ESPN Recruiting

With national signing day (Feb. 2) around the corner, here is a look at the top uncommitted athletes.


Marqise Lee (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra)

Player rank: 96 | Position rank: 14 | Grade: 81 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 190 pounds | Evaluation
Miami Oregon USC
Why they want him: Lee is a talented, natural athlete with very good upside at the safety position. He's relatively new to the game, but has quickly emerged into a top-level defender. Has nice size with his good height and well-built frame; rangy and still has some room left to physically develop and could play at the 200-pound range in college. Very active around the ball in both run and pass support and has a knack for making the big play.
Recruiting update: It appears it's down to Oregon, USC and Miami for Lee. He has already visited Oregon and USC and will take a trip across the country to Miami this coming weekend.


Darius Jennings (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School)

Player rank: 98 | Position rank: 15 | Grade: 81 | Stars: 4
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 175 pounds | Evaluation
Ohio State Virginia Wake Forest
Why they want him: Jennings is an exciting, versatile athlete who could line up at just about every skill position at the next level and be a guy that you need to be aware of. On offense, Jennings is a change-of-pace back who is quick, shifty and explosive. He has terrific vision and patience as a runner. As a cornerback, his feet, hips and change of direction are excellent. Overall, Jennings no doubt has a high ability level and he has excellent awareness and instincts for the game. The question will be where to place him.
Recruiting update: It's a three-horse race for Jennings. He has already tripped to Ohio State and Wake Forest. The Buckeyes like him on defense, the Cavaliers on offense and he could get a shot at QB for the Demon Deacons.


Dominique Terrell (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Senior)

Player rank: 122 | Position rank: 19 | Grade: 80 | Stars: 4
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 175 pounds | Evaluation
Miami Virginia West Virginia
Why they want him: He is a future wide receiver/scatback/cornerback who is a naturally gifted athlete with an excellent blend of speed, quickness and change-of-direction skills. He also has excellent upside as a return specialist.
Recruiting update: Terrell is scheduled to visit Virginia this weekend and Miami on Jan. 28. He visited West Virginia back in November. While the Mountaineers are still in it, they had a better shot with Terrell before the coaching move. The Cavaliers could prove tough to beat, especially with the way they are recruiting in-state.


Zachary Witchett (Atlanta, Ga./Washington-Wilkes)

Player rank: 129 | Position rank: 20 | Grade: 80 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 182 pounds | Evaluation
Appalachian State South Carolina State
Why they want him: Witchett is definitely flying under the radar as a speedy and athletic playmaker on offense, as well as a defensive safety. He has good size, a muscular build and terrific acceleration and speed to make big plays. He is very athletic and natural as a football player.
Recruiting update: Looks like Witchett may have to go the junior college route. He will visit Hinds Community College in Mississippi next week.

Shane Wynn (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)

Player rank: NR | Position rank: 41 | Grade: 79 | Stars: 3
Height: 5-6 | Weight: 150 pounds | Evaluation
Penn State
Why they want him: Big things come in small packages -- really small packages, in fact. Wynn is a mighty mite of a football player who possesses perhaps the quickest, most slippery change of direction of any prospect in this class. He is a speedster with supreme stop-start ability and is a nightmare in space. At the next level he will be a utility back with receiving skills to play out wide, in the slot and also as a return man.
Recruiting update: Wynn recently visited Penn State and is drawing interest from some MAC schools.

Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at