RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Marcell Baylor has a way of impressing, no matter where he’s at. Whether that’s with touchdowns on the football field or with a pair of stylish shoes in an on-camera interview.
Wherever Baylor goes, he shows up in style.
“You know I put a little bit on, I ain’t put too much on,” Baylor said as we discuss his black sparkly pair of kicks and his gold wristwatch.
I ask if he’s the stylish one in the family, even more than his brother.
“Something like that,” Baylor said. “You already know how that goes.”
Marcell’s brother, DJ, paved a path for him to follow at Radford high school.
“He plays, graduated from Ferrum. He’s coaching us now. That’s who really got me going,” Baylor said. “You know he’s been through it before. He’s had ups and downs. He knows what failure looks like, he knows what success looks like.”
But Bobcats head coach Michael Crist helped Baylor find a different path, one that will lead the Radford wide receiver to Virginia Tech next fall.
“It was a journey,” Baylor said. “Coach Crist, he blessed me you know. He put my film out there for me. It all happened. Left it in his hands and in God’s hands and it all just happened.”
Staying in the New River Valley, his future head coach, Brent Pry, helped make Baylor feel right at home.
“He’s a smooth dude. Cool, loving, caring. Cares about the kids, not just the game,” Baylor said. “Life, he knows about life. he’s been through enough to know what’s really going on, understands how you feel, that’s why I love him. That’s why I’m ready to go there and give it my all.”
But first, Baylor looks to cement his legacy in high school. Radford is currently undefeated at 5-0. And in its last win against Christiansburg, he had 109 receiving yards on eight catches, including two for touchdowns.
“It’s going to take hard work, dedication and family to keep things going the right way,” Baylor said. “One game at a time, one practice at a time, one day at a time. We can make something happen this year.”