Having already visited the campus a handful of times, Sam Marksberry knew well before pen hit paper he would go to Wabash College and play football.
On Wednesday, the Trinity Lutheran senior made it official by signing a letter of intent to join the Little Giants this fall.
“I met (Wabash) at a USA Football camp and we just talked,” Marksberry said. “They thought I would be a good fit for their program. I’ve visited the campus four or five times. I like the all-guy thing. It was hard to understand at first, but it’s kind of cool and I think it will be something to look forward to do.”
Marksberry played two seasons with Trinity’s football team before the program went on hiatus. He then played with the Indianapolis Crimson Knights homeschool team his junior and senior seasons.
Trinity will again have a football team starting next school year.
“I always wanted to play college. Since freshman year,” Marksberry said. “I like football and want to keep playing.”
Marksberry primarily played slot receiver and corner for the football teams.
In his senior season, Marksberry caught 26 passes for 538 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 482 yards with seven TDs.
On defense, Marksberry totaled 78 tackles with two sacks and five interceptions.
Trinity football coach Mike Wilson said Marksberry’s defensive ability will carry over to the college level.
“Tackling ability, nose for the ball, coverage — all that,” Wilson said. “He has great hands and can catch the ball. I think in college, his niche will be corner. He’s just an amazing defender.”
The Little Giants are an NCAA Division III school that play in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Last season, Wabash finished their season on the gridiron at 8-2.
“(Wabash) is getting an unbelievably hard worker and leader,” Wilson said. “Someone who will work tirelessly to be the best he can be. They’re getting a kid that they don’t know how good a kid they’re getting until they step on the field. They will figure it out pretty quick.”
Wilson said that Marksberry will bring intangibles.
“(Marksberry) has been a leader from the word go,” Wilson said. “He helps the young guys to help understand their drops. Last year, we had a player who played for the first time at safety and Sam coached him up. As coaches, we can do certain things but on the field he can help others on the field. He was able to lead the whole time.”
Marksberry said he plans to study pre-dentistry.
“With us trying to restart and rebuild, what Sam has been able to do is absolutely awesome,” Wilson said. “He’s going on and showing people what Trinity football is all about.”