Three down, one to go for Marshall

Earlier in the season, it seemed as if the race for Cameron Marshall's services was going to come down to Arizona State and Northwestern. However, in the last few weeks Utah and Oregon have stepped up their recruiting efforts and have joined as legitimate suitors. Devils Digest talked to the running back about his recruitment.

The 5-11 208 Cameron Marshall visited Arizona State back on Oct.26th. This month he already took a trip to Northwestern and this past weekend he paid Utah a visit. When asked to compare the visits to each other the running back played it close to the vest.

"I can't say that the Utah visit was way better or way worse than my other visits," said Marshall. "Every visit I liked some things, and some things I didn't."

Marshall's fourth, and for now last, official visit will be to Oregon on Jan. 9th. "I'm not sure if I'll make my decision before that Oregon visit," noted Marshall, "but most likely I won't."

The Sun Devils offered the San Jose running back in March, and were the first school to offer him. Marshall attended the team's camp in June, and has been closely pursued by the maroon and gold all year.

"Last week (ASU's running backs) Coach Christian and Coach Erickson visited me," said Marshall, "it was a good visit and we did a lot of catching up. Arizona State is very much in the hunt and I have had lot conversations with them."

Marshall admitted that Oregon and Utah have entered the recruiting picture later than ASU and Northwestern. He added that if he felt that another school was pursuing him in earnest in the very near future, that he may take his fifth and last visit to that program.

Valley Christian recorded a 10-3 season in 2008. Marshall tallied 1,920 yards, averaging 9.0 yards a carry and scoring 31 total TD's for the Warriors.

"I played as well as I expected to," said Marshall. "I came really close to breaking the 2,000 yards mark…too bad I didn't get there, I was really close."

As a junior Marshall collected 807 yards on 188 carries for the Warriors and notched 11 touchdowns. 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.

"I'm effective inside and outside," said Marshall in a previous interview. "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."

The running back stated that he benches 335 lbs., squats 480 and cleans 270. He hopes to gain weight by the time his freshman season starts and be around 215 lbs.

Even though Marshall is definitely a hot recruiting commodity, he isn't bogged down by the process and called it a "humbling, enjoyable process…yeah it can get kind of hectic as I think where I'm gonna spend the next four years of my life, but it's really an enjoyable process," he said.


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