All Chris Maragos wanted was a chance, which he recently received.
He intends to take it from there.
Maragos, a wide receiver who showed what he can do in a passing offense in his only season for the Horlick High School football team last fall, has committed to play for Western Michigan University.
His only perk as a freshman at the NCAA Division I-A program in Kalamazoo, Mich., will be getting to pay Michigan in-state tuition. But Maragos said he has been told by new Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit that he could be in line for an athletic scholarship, depending on how much he contributes.
"My whole life, ever since I've been playing football in the second grade, this has been a dream, a goal,” Maragos said. "Now that it's finally been achieved, I really thank God for what he's blessed me with. The opp-ortunity to play football at that level just blows me away.” The 6-foot, 185-pound Maragos transferred from Park to Horlick prior to his senior year largely because he wanted the chance to demonstrate his skills in a passing offense. Despite having to make adjustments after starting quarterback Jason Kammler was lost for the season last September with a broken collarbone, Maragos caught 45 passes for 585 yards and four touchdowns.
He was named Horlick's Player of the Year and was a first-team All-Racine County, All-Southeast Conference and All-Region selection. Horlick coach George Machago said, "He's the finest receiver I've coached in 32 years in the business.” And now Maragos will have a chance to work his way though the ranks for another passing-oriented team. While the Broncos are coming off a 1-10 record, Cubit has built a reputation for his offensive prowess at several stops, which includes serving as Stanford's offensive coordinator last season.
"They have a passing offense, which is very appealing,” Maragos said. "The thing that stood out for me the most out of any other college that I visited was the coaching staff. They were honest and straightforward with me and they really have what it takes to build a winning team.” While Margos expects to redshirt as a freshman, he isn't ruling out making an immediate impact.
"They guaranteed me that if I was the best one out there, I'd get to play no matter what age I was,” he said.