Meet Oklahoma Christian and TE Standout Josiah Markum. Markum, a 6-5 22o pound TE has been versatile enough to also play WR/DE for Oklahoma Christian. Not only does Josiah have great size for a TE he also shows excellent speed and clocks in at 4.6 in the 40 yard dash. He posted 43 receptions, 23 touchdowns, and racked up 1115 yards (tops in the state for the regular season) for the 2018 campaign.
A great athlete, Markum also is a pitcher on the baseball team and plays basketball as well. He can both outrun and run over anyone who gets in front of him, power and speed, he is a unique and exciting prospect for many schools. Oklahoma Baptist, Central Oklahoma, East Central, NW Oklahoma State have all offered Markum. South Alabama, Louisiana Monroe, and Southern Illinois are interested.
Six Star — Describe your season and, how do you feel you played overall for 2018?
Josiah—As a team our season has been challenging with over 70% of the team not having played high school football until this season. Our coaches have done their best they could. We have gone through 3 quarterbacks due to injury. Especially with the circumstances I have had a great year. I learned a lot at the camps I attended this summer and transferred that to game days. I have 43 receptions, 22 touchdowns, and over 1100 yards receiving.
Six Star — What are some of the things that you feel you improved upon during this off season?
Josiah—I improved my footwork which has allowed me to get better separation and my blocking to contribute to the team and our run game.
Six Star — Who has been the most influential person in your football life so far?
Josiah—My dad has pushed me to be the man of God I am today and through that football skills came with hard work and countless hours of practice so I owe it all to him
Six Star — Tell us about your summer, camps, combines, visits, etc. Tell us about the experience and what you were able to take away from it, what camps you attended?
Josiah—Some were more TE focused and some hybrid WR, so I got the best of both worlds. I really enjoyed going against the ‘3 and 4 star’ players and especially fun being the only out of state player at a Texas camp and showing them what Oklahomans all about.
Six Star — What kind of college interest have you had so far, and what schools are showing you the most interest?
Josiah—I have four D2 offers a D1 invited walk-on and multiple D1’s that say that I am top three on their board. I’m taking several people’s advice and being patient and will pick the best fit for me regardless of division or location. I went to OU, TSU, and KSU’s camps. I learned that footwork is everything from all three camps! It was great getting to know other guys at my position and learning from them as well. I’m taking several people’s advice and being patient and will pick the best fit for me regardless of division or location.
Six Star — Most people don’t know this about me but I
Josiah—Have given my whole life to becoming the greatest football player I could be
Six Star — Pre Game Ritual
Josiah—I walk the field and pray in the end zone
Six Star — Favorite Song
Josiah—big green tractor
Six Star — Favorite Class in school
Six Star — What has been the best game you have had in your career and why
Josiah—The game where I scored 7 touchdowns vs northeast with 398 yards a 26 yard sack and an interception
Six Star — Biggest weight room accomplishment
Six Star — Teammate likely to be a college star
Josiah—Kaleb fellers no doubt, if he was still quarterback I would have 2000 yards receiving
Six Star — Hardest working player on the team
Josiah—Blake Ellis works harder than anyone
Six Star — Player to keep an eye on
Josiah—S’Mauri Abram is an upcoming athlete Who makes the most tackles for you guys on special teams Sebastian Higgins is a missile