Marshall Appreciates ASU's Coaching Staff

Cameron Marshall has been on the Sun Devils' recruiting radar since the spring, and was indentified early on as one of ASU's top offensive targets in the 2009 class. The San Jose running back kicked off his official visit junket with a trip to Tempe this past weekend, and as he told Devils Digest his familiarity with the Sun Devil coaching staff is one that breeds comfort with the ASU program.

"It was a great visit," said Marshall who was offered by Arizona State in March. "I got a good feel for the city, the coaching staff and the team. I'm very glad I took my visit. I ended up coming on a later flight because I missed the one I was supposed to originally go on, but it didn't matter – everything worked out."

"I really enjoyed seeing the coaching style of the staff – it was really a good experience."

Marshall, who was hosted by true freshman Deveron Carr, attended the cornerback's former high school, Scottsdale Chaparral, game against Shadow Mountain (a game Chaparral won 57-12).

"I also went to the dorms, just chilin' with Deveron," said Marshall, "and I got to tour the facilities and meet with the academic staff – I enjoyed meeting with Corinne (Corte) from the academic staff. They do a good job there."

Marshall was naturally in attendance in ASU's 54-20 loss to Oregon, and was able to put that event in perspective in regards to his recruiting.

"It's frustrating to see a school that you might play for lose like that," remarked Marshall. "But I know the coaches are great there, and some of the players that didn't play well weren't guys that Coach Erickson recruited."

"He and his staff always recruit good players, and I know that they have a good system and they'll put the right players in that system."

Marshall was one of the participants at ASU's high school seniors camp in June, thus he has been gaining over time more and more knowledge about the Sun Devil campus, its surroundings and the football program.

"I can't say my opinion of Arizona State changed after this visit," commented Marshall. "I know what they have to offer and I have a pretty good relationship with the coaching staff."

The 5-10 208 running back has offers from ASU's Pac-10 foes Cal, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State, along with Utah and Northwestern. While Marshall has no short list of favorites, he admitted that the later school is the only other recruiting him as closely as the Sun Devils.

"It's all up the air as far as to when I will commit," explained Marshall. "I do want to visit Northwestern and I won't me making a decision before I go there and check them out. I'm not putting Arizona State and Northwestern above everybody else, but both of them are recruiting me the hardest."

The ASU prospect added that at this time he had no plans to visit anyone else other than Northwestern, and that he didn't have a time frame as to when he expects to trip there. "I'm just gonna wait it out and see, but I won't make a decision before that (Northwestern) visit," he said.

Marshall's Valley Christian High School is 6-1 on the season, and the running back is the Warriors' leading rusher with 1,237 yards and 15 touchdowns. Thus far he's averaging an impressive 10.57 yards a carry. In Marshall's last game, a Thursday 47-14 win over St. Francis, he collected 253 yards on 15 carries and found the end zone four times.

"We're playing as well I expected to us to play," said Marshall. "We did lose that one time to Bellarmine and that's something I was hoping that wouldn't happen. Hopefully we can meet them in the playoffs and play them again."

Last season, Cameron Marshall collected 807 yards on 188 carries for the Warriors and tallied 11 touchdowns. He was voted First Team All-league at running back and second team All-District at linebacker. Valley Christian finished the 2007 campaign with a 7-3-1 record and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Marshall reported being clocked running the 40-yard dash at a time of 4.32, but he doesn't characterize himself as solely being a speedy rusher who can do a lot of damage coming off the edges. The running back stated that he benches 335 lbs., squats 480 and cleans 270.

"I'm effective inside and outside," said Marshall. "I didn't improve my strength that much from last year, because I didn't need to get a whole lot stronger. But I'm definitely stronger and faster than last year. I'm quicker too."


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