Marshall elated with ASU commitment

Running back Cameron Marshall's official visit circuit began at Arizona State back in late October. Even though he visited three other schools, with the last one being just over two weeks ago, the Sun Devils were anything but a distant memory. A great recruiting relationship between ASU and Marshall culminated with a verbal commitment this past weekend.

Early on in Marshall's recruiting process, it appeared to be a two-team race between Arizona State and Northwestern. Even though the running back opened up the race for his services including Utah and Oregon, it ultimately came down to the two schools that appeared to have the upper hand early on. "We called Utah and Oregon on Friday," Cameron's father Greg Marshall noted, and "called Northwestern Saturday before we called ASU."

Mr. Marshall, told Devils Digest in an interview last week how impressed he and his son were with Arizona State's running backs coach Jamie Christian, who was also the Sun Devils' recruiting coach for the 5-10 208 running back.

The Marshall family could not been happier to deliver the news to Christian early Saturday evening.

"We called Coach Christian and then called Coach Erickson," Greg Marshall said. "I was blown away by the reaction of Coach Christian. He was so sincere with his excitement. He said that all he wanted was Cameron to be happy.

"We were overwhelmed by his reaction and he knew right then that we made the right decision."

Marshall added that ASU conveyed to him from day one that his son was "the number one running back on their (recruiting board)…Cameron knew that if he came in he would have a great chance to compete for a starting position."

The running back injured his hamstring last spring, and wasn't able to participate in any combines. Nonetheless, Marshall's junior season film showcased his 807 rushing yards on 188 carries and 11 touchdowns, which promoted the Sun Devils to offer him early in the year, and invite him to their team camp in June.

The Marshalls arrived a day earlier in Tempe and sat down with coach Christian at that time.

"Coach Christian showed us a few plays that really sold him on Cameron," recalled Marshall. "One play Cameron was outrunning three defensive backs that took an angle at him. Another play he just ran over a kid.

"The play that I think coach liked the most is when Cameron was gang tackled and just refused to go down. Cameron had an emotional outburst after the play was over and coach liked Cameron's attitude showing that he refused to go down."

His senior year exploits were even more impressive.

The Warriors recorded a 10-3 season, as Marshall tallied 1,920 yards, averaging 9.0 yards a carry and scoring 31 total TD's. The running back won the league's running back of the year award, and was named as offensive player of the year on the All-Northern California team, and Northern California player of the year by the Cal Hi-Sports publication. He also received All-County and All-Bay Area honors.

Mr. Marshall, who owns a sports performance and fitness company, stated that his son's training regiment is designed to combine power and speed.

"Opposing coaches told me that Cameron does just as good of a job running downhill between the tackles, as he does bouncing to the outside on long runs," Marshall said.

The running back was clocked running the 40-yard dash at a time of 4.32, and his best time indoors at the 55-yard dash is the equivalent of a 10.5 time in the 100 meters and 21.0 time in the 200 meters. In the weight room Marshall has power cleaned 275 lbs, squatted 525 lbs. and benched 355 lbs.

Before Marshall arrives in Tempe in June, he will spend the following months running some track and continuing his football related training program.

"He had a hamstring injury last year," Marshall said, "so we're not gonna do anything to jeopardize his health. That's why he'll just run the 100 meters. The coaches at ASU are open for the possibility that he'll run track over there.

"After the track season is over, all the focus will be on his football preparation and getting in shape before he comes to ASU."

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