Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/10/13
"I can tell you this, he's my first priority on the recruiting trail. Marqise is a six-star recruit for USC right now." That was USC Trojans receivers coach Tee Martin’s answer after he was recently asked about the future of his top pass-catching pupil: Marqise Lee. Martin may be known as one of college football’s hottest up-and-coming recruiters, but even he knows that convincing the standout wideout to return for one more year will be a formidable task. The big burning question surrounding the Trojans program right now is will Lee come back? It’s a question that he’ll reportedly answer after the team’s bowl game. At this point, though, the real debate is should he return? Before the start of the 2013 season, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that this would be the record-setting receiver’s final farewell campaign before leaving the land of Troy for the riches of the NFL. Following a sensational sophomore season in 2012, in which he led the nation with 118 catches and took home the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, he was praised this offseason, lauded as the premier prospect at his position and widely projected to be a top-10 pick in the 2014 draft. Unfortunately, injuries took their took toll on the star junior this year, and he was unable to put together the type of dominant performance that many were expecting following his spectacular breakthrough season last year. After dealing with a shoulder injury during preseason camp, Lee was plagued by lingering knee problems throughout the 2013 season. He just never seemed to be close to 100 percent. In 10 games of action, he hauled in just 50 passes for 673 yards and found the end zone just twice. On top of the injuries, Lee had to deal with a midseason head-coaching switch and highly inconsistent play from the quarterback position. Overall, while it may not have been a truly lost season, it certainly wasn’t the year that the highly touted receiver was hoping for. That's why the former heralded 4-star recruit, who rose up from a tumultuous upbringing to become one of college football's most thrilling playmakers, is now left to make a life-impacting decision.
PLAYERS: Marqise Lee
TEAMS: USC Trojans
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