ATLANTA- Calder Marria looks like a Division I football player.
Standing on the field at Atlanta’s Woodward Academy this past weekend, the three-star defensive end towered over his Jonesboro High School teammates.
He took snaps at tight end and wide receiver during the Cam Newton Foundation 7v7 camp on Sunday, displaying a strong pair of hands and smooth route running.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Marria has a few offers to play tight end, but is being recruited primarily at defensive end. He picked up his first SEC offer about two weeks ago from Mississippi State, and the Bulldogs now lead for his services along with Georgia Southern.
“That’s my first SEC offer so that was real big for me,” Marria told SEC Country on Sunday. “I went down there during the offseason. The coaches were really cool.”
Mississippi State isn’t the only SEC team that has taken notice of Marria’s talents.
Georgia and Arkansas have both been in contact with the weak-side defensive end. Marria took a visit to Athens, Ga., in April and is planning to attend one of the Razorbacks’ satellite camps in the near future.
He does not hold an offer from either program, but was impressed with the atmosphere at Georgia’ practice.
For now, Mississippi State remains Marria’s only SEC offer, and Dan Mullen and the rest of the coaching staff are interested in seeing whether the Jonesboro native has the ability to be a stand-up pass-rusher or play with his hand in the dirt.
“I want to stand up, which is something I’ve never really done yet,” Marria said. “I think I am athletic enough to do it. I am looking to work on that in the offseason.”
Marria reports nine offers, and is rated as the nation’s No. 37 weak-side defensive end. He planned on committing before his senior season, but may wait until his birthday on Oct. 21 to reveal his choice.