January 6, 2008

Dareus set for UA official

With a highly productive football season behind him and recent good news on the academic front, what has been occupying the time of 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle Marcel Dareus over the holidays?

How about basketball?

"We are 11-8 as a team and I am averaging a double-double every game," said Dareus, who is the seventh-ranked player in the state of Alabama per BOL. "In my last game, I had 22 points and 15 rebounds. It is a lot of fun, but I am going to put an end to it after high school because there aren't too many 275-pound power forwards that are only 6-foot-4 in college."

Dareus was even more impressive on the gridiron this fall, which will be his meal-ticket sport as he registered an eye-popping 117 tackles and 20 sacks. With a recent ACT score improvement that resulted in an 18, Dareus's college options have expanded a bit and next on his plate are official visits.

"I have Alabama this weekend on the 11th," said Dareus. "North Carolina is on the 18th, Auburn is on the 24th and Marshall will be at the beginning of February right before Signing Day. Right now I am planning on taking it all the way down to Signing Day before I make a decision.

"Alabama stands out because of the school, the tradition and I really like their players and coaches. I am good friends with Undra Billingsley and Andre Smith who went to my school. North Carolina stands out because Coach (John) Blake is the top defensive line coach in the country and I want to be as good as I can be when I get out of college so I can maybe play at the next level. Auburn is impressive because I like Coach Price and their defensive schemes. Plus, they have a good engineering school and that is what I am looking at as a major. Alabama, Auburn and North Carolina are my top three right now."

Dareus's final step to achieve academic eligibility is well within reach.

"I am taking a history class at night school this coming semester," said Dareus. "I have already taken it and passed but I need to get it up a little more and I will be eligible for college."

Dareus projects at either defensive tackle or end in college.

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