Former Philadelphia West Catholic defensive tackle Marques Slocum was one of the centerpieces to Michigan's 2005 recruiting class. Before made his way to Ann Arbor, though, he learned that he fell short of the NCAA's initial eligibility requirements. In order improve his academic resume he enrolled at Milford Academy, a prep school in up-state New York. There he could do a post-grad term (or terms) without having it count against his college eligibility.
Injury limited the 6-5, 320-pounder's performance on the football field this year, but he showed enough during his high school career to be considered a five-star prospect and the No. 5-rated defensive lineman in the country last season according to Scout.com. The former Army All-American has never wavered from his plan to become a Wolverine, and this weekend he hopes to get a step closer to making that plan a reality.
"He's not doing a year here at Milford," said the school's head football coach, William Chaplick. "His test is tomorrow (Saturday). Whether he passes tomorrow…we probably won't know until the end of the month."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Slocum in the coming weeks.