Two standing out for Marquis Warford

Three-star running back Marquis Warford (San Antonio/Madison) on Sunday said he still has his options open after decommitting from Rice earlier this year. Two schools, however, have managed to peak his interest more than the others.

Warford, who decommitted in March, said he’s been in contact mostly with UTEP and Boise State as he ventures deeper into his recruiting process. Warford said he’s unsure of when he’ll announce his commitment -- and choosing Rice is still a possibility -- but UTEP and Boise State are high on his list.

“With UTEP, it’s the way the coaching staff is and the way they interact with their players,” Warford said. “It seems like a good environment to play in. They’ve talked about possibly using me on both sides of the ball, as a running back and a cornerback.

“With Boise State, [offensive graduate assistant] Coach Louie Rodriguez is an amazing guy. He was very honest with me and told me if I were to come up there, I’d compete with other guys for playing time. The one thing I look at is a coach being straightforward with me and not giving me the runaround.”

At 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds, Warford is coming off a 2011 season where he rushed for 2,162 yards and 22 touchdowns and also caught 30 passes for 548 yards and four touchdowns. He’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds and bench presses 335 pounds.