Like many Houston commits, Brenham’s Marqez Bimage was left in a state of flux when Tom Herman left for Texas. But his recruiting journey came to an end Wednesday morning at Brenham when he signed his National Letter of Intent with the Longhorns.
Bimage, a 6-foot-3, 233-pound defensive end and linebacker, committed to Houston after his junior year and it was one of the first schools to show interest in him.
But after Herman left, Bimage followed a little less than a month later, decommitting from Houston on Dec. 23. The natural progression would’ve led him straight to Texas without much thought but Brenham coach Glen West said that was far from the case.
“When Coach Herman left Houston, he really took the time to figure out if Texas was going to be the right school for him and his education,” West said. “He didn’t just jump ship. He showed a lot of maturity in how he handled the process. The thing that I saw was that he always stayed humbled, always stayed focused.”
Bimage, a three-star recruit according to most major recruiting services, didn’t play his entire freshman and missed part of his junior year due to injury but was the District 20-5A Defensive MVP this season and led the Cubs with 10.5 tackles for a loss and nine sacks.
“To be where he is and where he came from and is amazing,” West said. “He got it done, he didn’t do it the easy way and nothing was given to him. All he did was prove that he could.”
Bimage's impact on Brenham was clear as close to a hundred people, most clad in burnt orange, packed into a room at the high school to watch Bimage make things official.
"I don't know if it's because everyone wants to get out of class, but I've never had a crowd this big to watch a player sign," West quipped.