"I'm excited to make my decision," said the 5-11 208 Cameron Marshall, "but I think I'm just gonna narrow my list to two schools."
His father Greg Marshall painted a slightly different picture. "We're 100 percent narrowing it down to two schools on Friday," he stated. "20 percent (chance) we'll make a commitment on Friday.
"Tonight, we're gonna sit down as a family and re-hash through all the factors that we need to consider when making a scholarship choice. On Friday we'll start calling the schools that we're no longer considering so they can move on. Then will start calling the two schools, or if we're lucky and made a decision – one school we chose."
Mr. Marshall, who owns Marshall Sports Performance and Fitness, has helped 53 student-athletes over the years to make decisions concerning verbal commitments to a Division I schools, and naturally has the experience to now help his own son with this important career step.
"My son has done a great job so far, so I don't know if he needs my help," Marshall said laughing. "He's being able to be patient because he watched me go through this process so many times before with the kids I was helping out with. He's a very mature, calm young man that looks at all the factors involved."
All four schools had in-home visits with Marshall. The running back is being recruited by ASU's running backs coach Jamie Christian. 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.
"What he likes about Arizona State can be summed up in two words: Jamie Christian," Mr. Marshall stated. "He's done a masterful job of communicating how welcomed Cameron would be at Arizona State, how he feels Cameron can meet those goals that he has put forward, and had conveyed to Cameron the things that he can help with that will make him better.
"The other things about the school speak for themselves. They have proven how well they do academically, all their athletic programs are doing well on the national level, and they won a couple of national championships last year with some of its programs.
"Coach Erickson has got it done everywhere he has gone and even though they had a 5-7 record it appears that the players have bought into the system and the team was still going through an adjustment period."
The running back said that he had a phone conversation with Coach Erickson this week, where the Sun Devil skipper asked Marshall to "hurry up and be a Sun Devil…he's a laid back person and the conversation went very well."
The four official trips Marshall took have been spread out to say the least. He visited Arizona State back on Oct.26th, visited both Northwestern and Utah in December, and Oregon in January.
How hard was it for Marshall to be patient during the recruiting process?
"Not really hard," he replied." I wanted to look around and see what's the best fit for me and in order to do that I had to take a little longer. I know what all the schools have to offer, so it doesn't matter when I visited them."
Valley Christian Schools 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.
As a junior Marshall collected 807 yards on 188 carries for the Warriors and notched 11 touchdowns. Marshall reported a 40-yard dash time of 4.32.
The running back cited personal relations as a significant factor that will guide his ultimate decision.
"I'm going to choose a school that has coaches I like to be around," he said. "I'm going to look at how well I will fit in the program, the academics and the environment around school because I'm living there."
"Cameron wants to go to a school where he can develop his skills and reach his goals," Mr. Marshall added, "and play for a staff and players that are committed to winning. He wants to go to a place where he can compete to play right away.
"We're very blessed to have this opportunity to have the choice of the schools that we have."