All-State football team: Heritage Hall's Markus Wakefield cleared the way for Barry J. Sanders, now looking for an opening in college

MARKUS WAKEFIELD — The Heritage Hall offensive lineman enters the new year looking for an opportunity in college after spending his high school career creating plenty of openings for the Chargers' offensive stars.
BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: January 1, 2012

Markus Wakefield was blocking on the final offensive play of his high school career, so he doesn't know for sure if Barry J. Sanders got into the end zone against Cascia Hall in the semifinals.

Sanders was held out from the 1-yard line with under a minute left in Heritage Hall's 14-7 loss.

“I haven't watched the film; I don't want to watch the film,” Wakefield said. “I've heard from some people that he was, but it's something that we can't change now.”

Regardless, the Oklahoman All-State offensive lineman wrapped up a great career at Heritage Hall.

“Obviously it didn't end the way we wanted it to, but it was a fun ride,” Wakefield said.

Now, Wakefield is looking towards his college career. He doesn't have any offers right now, but he said he's still talking to Wake Forest, Dartmouth, Kansas State and others.

He had an offer from Colorado State, but it is on hold now, along with his teammate Quintaz Struble's offer, until the new coach reviews everything.

“I just recently sent out my film from this year to some more schools,” Wakefield said.

Wakefield and Struble had talked about going to Colorado State together, and they still hope to wind up playing in college on the same team.

“We always talk about going to play together and continuing what we did in high school in college,” Wakefield said.

Wakefield, who would probably play defense in college, was a force on both sides of the ball for Heritage Hall.

Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said that without Wakefield, his team probably would have had trouble running the ball. Bogert always designed plays with Wakefield in mind, and opposing offenses consistently ran away from his side of the defensive line.


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