CLASS OF 2017: MARQEZ BIMAGE
Brenham, linebacker (6-2, 242)
HOW DID HE GET HERE? Like fellow 2017ers Daniel Young and Samuel Cosmi, Bimage started out as a Houston pledge but flipped to Texas when Tom Herman was hired in late November. The Longhorns offered him about two weeks after Herman came on board; Bimage decommitted from UH on Dec. 23 and then pledged to Texas on Jan. 6, less than a month before signing day.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 513th; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 34th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 90
AT BRENHAM: He did a little bit of everything for the Cubs — linebacker, defensive lineman, safety, even some running back, tight end and wildcat quarterback. But he stood out defensively, earning all-state honors in Class 5A and a three-time all-district selection.
2014: Named second-team all-district
2015: 71 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 6 sacks
2016: 57 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 9 sacks, 14 hurries, 2 blocked FGs
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: If he ends up playing linebacker, he’ll most likely be placed as an inside ‘backer. That’s where the Longhorns need the most help; they also signed JUCO linebacker Gary Johnson. Malik Jefferson has played that middle spot the past two seasons, but is a more natural outside linebacker who can rush the passer.
THEY SAID IT: “Almost every big game we had, he had a big play at the end.” — Glen West, Brenham coach
DID YOU KNOW?
- Yes, Bimage has a favorite flavor of Blue Bell ice cream — the Blue Monster, which is cookie dough mixed with cookies and cream. It could only be picked up at the Brenham-based factory. Unfortunately, it was discontinued following the company’s listeria outbreak of 2015. Bimage would opt for cookies and cream these days if he wasn’t one month into a self-imposed six-month break from eating ice cream. By the way, Bimage wants to study to become a dietician.
- Bimage has a long-time love for the sport of baseball. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is his favorite player. He played on Brenham’s sub-varsity teams through his sophomore year before deciding to focus on football. He’s still a baseball fan, though, and said he made it to all but one of Brenham’s district games this spring.
- Bimage isn’t the only standout athlete in his family. His sister, Keauna, is a junior at Brenham who has played varsity basketball and volleyball since her freshman year.