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.