Marsh nearing a decision

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive tackle Cassius Marsh sports an impressive list of scholarship offers. Yet unlike many coveted high school players, the four-star prospect is looking to wrap up his recruitment before his season ends. Marsh visited Arizona State this past weekend and talked to Devils Digest about his trip to Tempe.

"It was awesome, a really fun trip," said the 6-4 270 Cassius Marsh about his official visit to Arizona State. "I hung out with (ASU true freshman tight end) Chris Coyle who's one of my best friends. I toured the campus, all the facilities and the game I went to was awesome.

"Their defense is very good. Chris talked about how great the defensive line is and that the whole defense is so good that a lot of scouts come to see it in practice and in games. He also told me how much he liked the weight room and the strength and conditioning coach. He told me how comfortable he feels at Arizona State."

Earlier this month the defensive tackle also visited Cal and LSU. He plans to possibly take one more official visit. "I'm going to USC to check out their game (versus Oregon State)," Marsh remarked. "I don't want to take an official visit there because they are so close to me and I've been there before. If I take a visit to USC it's because I committed to them.

"After that (unofficial USC) visit it will be probably be two, three weeks before I make my decision."

As a junior the defensive tackle earned First Team All-State Underclass honors and was an all-CIF pick after finishing the 2008 campaign with 55 total tackles, 33 solos, 16 sacks and two fumbles caused. He helped Oaks to their sixth straight CIF-SS title.

Through five games as a senior, he has collected 30 tackles and six sacks.

"I'm kind of small for a defensive tackle in college," Marsh said, "so I want to add weight and muscle because when you get to college it's a whole different level as far as strength goes. I just really need to hit the weight room once I get to college. If I was heavier now in high school a lot of that weight wouldn't be good weight anyway."

Marsh stated that he can bench 330-pounds, squat 450 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

The Oaks Christian standout said that he would consider many factors in his decision, but mainly he's looking at "playing time, getting along with the coaches and getting a quality education."

Marsh commented that Cal was the only school that is recruiting him as a defensive end and that he has no preference playing that position or the role of defensive tackle.

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