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Heritage Hall's Markus Wakefield commits to Howard

by Jason Kersey Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm •  Published: January 30, 2012
Heritage Hall's Markus Wakefield committed to Howard on Monday. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Heritage Hall's Markus Wakefield committed to Howard on Monday. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Heritage Hall lineman Markus Wakefield committed play his college football at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon on his official visit to the school.

“The first thing was the top level education,” Wakefield said of his commitment. “Then I fell in love with the people.

“I also like coach (Gary) Harrell and the direction they were going with the program.”

Howard, which plays in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision, finished 5-6 last season, its first under Harrell.

Wakefield (6-foot-1, 280 pounds) was a first-team offensive lineman on The Oklahoman‘s 2011 All-State team, but he was key to the Chargers’ success on both sides of the ball.

Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said in November that his team, which featured Stanford commit Barry J. Sanders in its backfield, would “probably have trouble running the ball” without Wakefield.

Bogert said he designed the Chargers’ offensive scripts each week with Wakefield in mind on each play.

Wakefield will sign with Howard on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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