Anthony Mariscal of Bakersfield (Calif) is an explosive two-way athlete who has the athleticism to play a variety of positions. At Liberty HS, Mariscal plays running back, slot receiver, safety and cornerback. Standing at 6-foot and 192 lbs, he's a downhill runner and recently ran a 10.8 time in the 100 meters.
"On the offensive side I think I'm more explosive," Mariscal said. "I can see the field really good. I have really good downfield vision, I think I can make big plays. On the defensive side of the ball I have good ball reaction time. I have good attention of what the receivers are going to do, I just come downhill and make the tackle."
Mariscal can make big plays with the ball in his hands, but is focusing on the defensive side of the ball at the next level. He shows good ability to read plays from the secondary and has good one-on-one coverage. He's a three-star recruit at safety and is getting more attention from higher profile schools at safety and cornerback.
"I'm trying to focus more on defense," Mariscal said. "I think that's something I'll probably go to college for, as far as a bigger school, maybe Pac-12 I'd probably go on the defensive side more than offense."
Interest is heating up for the three-star defensive back. Mariscal has six total offers and is very high on his latest offer from Arizona.
"I have offers right now from Nevada, Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State and Cal Poly," Mariscal said along with his offer from the Wildcats. "I've been talking to Montana State, Utah, and Oregon. Those are the ones who have been on me."
Mariscal wants to continue to build relationships with the position coaches, but says that Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Utah are the schools that have recruited him the hardest. He wants to take unofficials to some of the schools that have offered this summer and plans to check out Boise State, San Diego State, and Colorado as well.
Closest to home for the Bakersfield athlete is Fresno State who Mariscal heard from recently, too.
"I just talked to coach Germano a few days ago," Mariscal said. "He said they're still evaluating me on the board. They're still figuring out a spot for me to play, but if there would be a spot if would be on defense as a safety."
Though talks with the Bulldogs have just begun, Mariscal likes what he sees from Fresno State and an offer could be a game-changer in his recruitment.
"I'm excited; hopefully we could build a relationship and we could build up from there. I'm hoping they could soon offer maybe, they would be at the top of my list if that were to happen," Mariscal said prior to being offered by Arizona.
Mariscal says that some of the factors that will play into his decision are the environment, the location of the school, the academics, and how close it is to home.
"I'll make my decision maybe in the middle of the season or maybe after the season," Mariscal said. "I just want to keep my offers open and let it ride out, take my time and make my decision the best that it can be."
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