It may have taken more than one try but Chaffey College sophomore Marquis Wimberly has decided where he wants to continue his playing career and get an education.
Wimberly, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver, has made a verbal commitment to University of Alabama-Birmingham.
He originally committed to UNLV, only to open up the recruiting process again in December.
“I just decided that wasn’t the place for me,” Wimberly said of UNLV. “I think there will be too many distractions. I want to go where I can focus on school and football.”
Among the other schools he was considering were Texas State, Marshall, Georgia State and Southern Mississippi.
UAB is a start up program that will be fielding a team but not competing next season. It’s first year of actual competition will be 2017.
That suits Wimberly just fine. He wants to use that year to help him get ahead academically and would like to get a master’s degree before he graduates.
“This is really about doing something for my future,” he said.
Wimberly, a graduate of Upland High School, caught 59 passes for 782 yards and 14 touchdowns last year for the Panthers.