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Recruiting: Heritage Hall's Markus Wakefield signs with Howard University

Heritage Hall defensive line standout Markus Wakefield signed with Howard University on Wednesday. Wakefield had interest from Colorado State and Wake Forest before coaching changes at the school changed their recruiting needs.
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Modified: February 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm •  Published: February 1, 2012
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Tears rolled down Kellye Kindred's face Wednesday as her son, Markus Wakefield, signed a letter of intent to play football at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

“I am just overjoyed,” she said. “It's been a great year. He is my first born. I had Markus when I was 17 so to see him and see what he has grown to be, it's just emotional.”

Wakefield, the Heritage Hall standout defensive lineman, signed with the Bison to culminate an anxious recruiting process for his mother.

“We got a little nervous here at the end,” Kindred said. “He wasn't getting a lot of phone calls. He had some stuff and it fell through. We got really nervous but it all worked out.”

Wakefield had received a football scholarship offer from Colorado State University but it was withdrawn after a coaching change, Kindred said. Wake Forest also seemed really interested in Wakefield but backed off after a coaching change there as well, she said.

Kindred wasn't sure when, or if, her son was going to receive another scholarship offer. They were visiting smaller schools in Kansas and Oklahoma in hopes of an offer when Heritage Hall sent film of Wakefield to Howard at the suggestion of another parent.

Howard coaches liked what they saw and Wakefield was immediately sold on Howard after his recruiting visit.

“I fell in love with it and the people out there,” Wakefield said. “It is a great place. There are a lot of opportunities out there. I love the coaching staff and the direction they are headed with the program.”

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