BRENHAM (TX) — It was always a dream of Brenham’s Marqez Bimage to become a Longhorn. Today, it became a reality.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker committed to Texas after de-committing from Houston last month. He held offers from LSU, Cal, Utah, and Baylor among others. He’s scheduled to take his official visit to Austin on 1/13.
Texas used to have a pipeline to the capitol of Blue Bell. Guys like Limas Sweed, Brandon Collins, and Malcom Brown donned the Burnt Orange. Now, Bimage joins that distinguished list.
When I asked Bimage to give me one word about the Texas Longhorns; “Tradition.”
Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook:
Marqez Bimage, OLB – Brenham (2017)
How he fits at Texas: Bimage is exactly the kind of guy that makes a zone-blitz scheme like Todd Orlando’s work, he’s relentless fighting through blockers to reach the QB and he’s probably even more comfortable working inside than taking the edge. The big question is which of the four LB spots in Orlando’s 3-4 would best suit him because all of them blitz on the regular. Where he ends up will depend on how well he takes to dropping into underneath zone and also whether he balloons in college to 250+ or so, which could see him end up on the DL. You can probably expect to see him end up pretty close to the LOS when all is said and done either at MLB, rush LB, or DE. – IB
Coach says: This kid plays like a savage in between the white lines and I love that about him. He plays, hard, fast, physical, and violently with a motor that burns red hot. He’s disruptive both against the run and the pass and he’s an absolute handful on the edge with his agility and quickness against tackles. Not only is able to utilize and his quickness to his advantage, he is able to disengage and get off blocks by using his hands. He’s able to run the arc and beat tackles over the top, and he is able to cross their face back underneath them and blow up plays. There are some clips of him soundly beating a five star offensive tackle in Walker Little and while that most certainly doesn’t paint the entire picture of how that battle played out, it shows you that he most certainly has some tools to work with. I’m not sure where you plug him in as far as your base defense when it comes to the 3-4, but I think you take him and figure it out later.
How this affects Texas: Houston was stealing a kid here. Flat out robbery. I’ve had a handful of coaches rave about Bimage’s senior tape. It was no surprise when Herman took the Texas job that Bimage would be de-committing soon after. And he did. I wouldn’t be shocked if Texas offers (if they haven’t already) and even less shocked when he inks with the Longhorns on NSD. He’s a definite take. – JW
Bimage is the 13th member of UT’s Class of 2017. He joins Reese Leitao (Jenks, OK), Derek Kerstetter (SA Reagan), Daniel Young (Spring Westfield), Cade Brewer (Lake Travis), Toneil Carter (Langham Creek), Joshua Rowland (MGCCC, Juco) Taquon Graham (Temple), Montrell Estell (Hooks), Kobe Boyce (Lake Dallas), Damion Miller (John Tyler), Sam Ehlinger (Austin Westlake), and Josh Thompson (Nacogdoches).
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