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McIntyre's offers fall through

Marquese McIntyre saw National Signing Day playing out a little differently in his head.

The Merced College star wide receiver had garnered interest from a number of Division I programs and Bowling Green and Utah State appeared to have sincere offers.

Everything with Bowling Green looked set, and then.

The school cleaned house, wiping out its coaching staff and McIntyre's offer along with it.

Utah State was a similar scenario. Former Merced star John Rushing had made the recruiting of Merced County a priority, but then Rushing accepted a job with the Green Bay Packers and the Aggies haven't been heard from since.

Many scenarios could play out today, but the likelihood is McIntyre won't be putting pen to paper.

It'd be a tough situation for anyone to be patient in, but that's what former Merced College football coach Tony Lewis is asking for.

"Unfortunately, this happens more often than not," Lewis said. "Coaching changes get made and kids get lost in the shuffle.

"I still believe Marquese will go Division I, though.

"It's like with Reid Herchenbach last year. Teams are going to see what's left after Signing Day or even during spring camp and someone is going to swoop him up."

McIntyre led the Blue Devils in all major receiving stats. The sophomore hauled in 64 balls for 781 yards and nine touchdowns.

His 64 catches tied for tops in Northern California.

"A lot of people look for the fast receivers that can extend the field and get behind the secondary, but what makes Marquese so dangerous is that he can change pace so easily," Lewis said. "He has the ability to catch a hook or hitch and take it all the way every time."

McIntyre looks to be the second Blue Devil to move on to a four-year school, with Michael Chambers already attending Division II Texas State.

The former Merced star offensive lineman signed during the early period and is already taking classes at Texas State.

Once the trickle-down effect begins upon the completion of Signing Day, Lewis will truly get to work on sending out his final sophomore class.

"Most of our guys are going Division II, so things should pick up really soon," Lewis said.