Markus Phox attracting top schools

Now that Markus Phox (Wichita, Kan./Collegiate) has completed his basketball season, it’s time to focus on football recruiting and where he could end up playing.

Projected as a safety, Phox was one of the most versatile players from Kansas last season, lining up at quarterback, running back and in the secondary, in addition to seeing time on special teams. At 6-foot and 185 pounds, Phox possesses great speed (timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.51 seconds) and a high football IQ that makes him an attractive get.

Phox is back in football mode after doing his part as a combo-guard to help Collegiate advance to the quarterfinals of the Kansas Class 4A basketball state tournament. He now is focusing on a college to call home and a place to play football. No offers have been extended for now, but he has made junior day appearances to several schools, including Stanford, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Northwestern and local schools Kansas and Kansas State.

Phox added that he also has an interest in both Baylor and Missouri.

“I think [a school] being competitive in the big picture is important, because I’m very, very competitive,” Phox said. “Early playing time is always great, but if I don’t get to play right away, that’s fine. If we compete for conference championships and play against the best programs, that’s what I’m looking for. I want to know where the team hangs with the rest of the country.”

Phox said he would like to visit more Big 12 schools and attend a few spring games.

As a dual-threat quarterback, he rushed for 1,108 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw for 1,253 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Phox recorded 42 tackles and three interceptions.

Phox is look for a winning program that also must have a solid academic background. He is looking to pursue a career as an engineer if pro football isn’t in his future.

“Such a small percentage of kids go to the NFL,” Phox said. “Having a great education is very important to me. I’m thinking about either physical engineering or petroleum engineering.”