After Marquez Lanton committed to Arkansas State over the summer, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver was expecting to have a big senior season at Memphis (Tenn.) Academy of Health Sciences. Unfortunately, an injury suffered early in the season has curtained that plans, but Lanton is still hoping to make it back to the gridiron before season's end.
"I'm sitting out with turf toe," said Marquez Lanton. "I'm just not doing much on it and letting it heal and also doing some rehab exercises. I only got to play in two games. I was leading the team in receptions and in our second game I had a two touchdowns. I won't be playing in this one against Manassas. We missed the playoffs so I might make it back this year. I'd like to play against Harding [Academy], but really we'll just have to wait and see."
"I loved the coaching staff and the environment," Lanton said of Arkansas State. "I went to the Memphis game, but I'd like to schedule another visit just to go. I talk all the time with Coach Malzahn and Coach Ingram. I'm going there to win championships. The receivers coach, Casey Woods, was a good wide receiver when he played at Tennessee and I think he has the coaching ability to pass his knowledge to me and make me a better overall player."
The football program at MAHS only began in 2006. Lanton has been a starter on the team since the 2009 season and has played a variety of positions including quarterback, wide receiver and punt return.
"I think my speed is my biggest strength as a player and I have dependable hands," he said. "My best forty [yard dash] time was a 4.34 at the Memphis camp. I've have a 38-inch vertical leap and have a long jump of 23-feet. In my junior season, I had 20 receptions for 571 yards and seven touchdowns."
Lanton will graduate from MAHS in May of 2013. He doesn't plan on playing any of the winter or spring sports, but will focus on working out and conditioning.