By NU Athletic Communications
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RB, 5-10, 175, Houston, Texas (Spring Woods HS)
Speedy running back and return specialist Marcus Mendoza is one of two high school prospects (also Patrick Witt) who graduated from high school at mid-year and enrolled at Nebraska in January. Mendoza is also one of seven members of the Huskers' 2007 signing class who come from Texas. Mendoza posted impressive rushing numbers for Spring Woods High School in Houston. As a senior, Mendoza totaled approximately 700 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching 20 passes for better than 250 yards and another four scores. The 5-10, 175-pound Mendoza was also a dangerous return threat for Coach Dwayne Eggerman. As a junior, Mendoza missed three games, but still earned second-team all-district honors after rushing for better than 650 yards and 10 touchdowns. Mendoza is highly regarded by several recruiting services. He is a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, which also ranks him as the nation's No. 12 all-purpose back and the No. 65 overall prospect in the state of Texas. Mendoza is also ranked a four-star performer by Scout.com, who lists him as the No. 35 overall running back in the country and the 20th-best prospect in the state of Texas. SuperPrep Magazine ranks Mendoza as the No. 38 prospect in the state of Texas, while he was also listed 70th on the Texas Super 200 Senior Playmakers List. Mendoza is also a standout on the track, clocking times of 10.64 seconds in the 100 and 21.6 in the 200 meters as a junior. Mendoza chose Nebraska after also visiting Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. He is the son of Rubi Mendoza and was born on Sept. 21, 1988.