TCPalm Super 11: Treasure Coast OL Marquez Bargman pancakes his way to No. 8

Jon Santucci
Treasure Coast Newspapers

TCPalm is announcing its annual Super 11, the list of the top recruited senior football players on the Treasure Coast. TCPalm is counting down from No. 11 to No. 1, with two players announced per week. The No. 1 player will be revealed on Sunday, July 26.

PORT ST. LUCIE — Marquez Bargman fits the mold of a Treasure Coast offensive lineman.

Big, strong, physical and dominant.

“He finishes blocks,” Treasure Coast Irvin Jones said. “He’s been that way ever since ninth grade. He’s a really good finisher. You won’t see him talking trash out there. He’s a worker. He’s a great finisher as far as blocking.

“Finishing a block means he is going to the whistle. He tries to make sure that whoever his assignment is is on the ground by the time the whistle is blown.”

Bargman, No. 8 on the TCPalm Super 11, was one of the premier linemen on the Treasure Coast in 2019, earning first-team All-Area honors and helping the Titans reach the regional semifinals for the first time since 2016.

He likes playing for the Titans, which happens to be one of the few teams where the line gets as much recognition as the running backs in the team’s run-heavy offense.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Bargman said. “When I came in to varsity my sophomore year, and as more people have come in, we’ve gotten better and better. I’m super excited for this year, of course.”

It’s a big year for Treasure Coast, which is looking for its first district title since 2010, and Bargman, who is trying to make a decision between several FBS and FCS offers.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder has almost a dozen offers, including Army, Georgia State, Navy and Southern Miss.

Bargman’s recruitment started slowly but picked up during March and April. There was several days when he received multiple offers.

“At first it started with a few follows and a few liking of my posts,” Bargman said. “Then it went from one school to two or three, and then it gradually went up from there. It was kind of surreal. I definitely know that I want to take a few visits before I make any decisions.”

Colleges primarily are recruiting Bargman as a guard or center, but he will play tackle for the Titans this season.

More from the Super 11

No. 11:Treasure Coast QB/ATH Turk Watkins

No. 10:St. Lucie West Centennial CB Henry Pickens

No. 9:Fort Pierce Westwood DE/OLB James Gardner Jr.

When Treasure Coast goes to an unbalanced line — using an extra lineman at the tight end position — Bargman plays the over tackle. It’s a position that comes with a great deal of responsibility.

“They’re asked to do a little bit more as far as different types of blocks,” Jones said. “He can be left out on an island a lot without any help sometimes. (Offensive line) coach (Keith) Davis does a really good job with that. Marquez follows along the path of those guys we’ve had here in the past. He’s blessed with a little more height and length. He has a little more size, that’s his bonus.”

Bargman credits the Titans offensive linemen who came before him, primarily Jeremiah James (now at Tusculum) and Jerry Johnson III (Rice) for helping him understand his role and responsibility on the team.

“The torch has been passed,” Bargman said. “Jeremiah James left, Jerry Johnson. They let me know how to become the offensive lineman I should be and they helped me get ready to play varsity football. I want to impact others the way they impacted me. The new offensive linemen that are coming in are going to be well prepared.”

Marquez Bargman, Treasure Coast High School, offensive lineman

Marquez Bargman

Treasure Coast OL

TCPalm Super 11 rank: 8

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 280 pounds

2019 honors: TCPalm first-team All-Area selection

Top offers (in alphabetical order): Army, Georgia State, Florida A&M, Navy, Southern Miss