Marshall talks ASU pledge

Comfortable. That word came up in our interview with Israel Marshall time and again as he talked about committing to ASU on Friday afternoon.

"When I had my 7 on 7 tournament at Arizona State I felt very comfortable with the coaches," said the 6-2 200 Israel Marshall. "Coach Stretz, coach Trent Bray and all the coaches just made feel like I was at home. They became my favorite school. They are right in my backyard and my family and friends can watch me play. It's going to be fun playing in front of them.

"I know that if I need anything that those coaches will take care of me and I'll also have my family close by. The coaches made a strong impression on my grandma and she thought they were respectful people and she also felt very comfortable with them. She got that vibe from them and I obviously felt the same way."

Boise State offered Marshall along with Arizona and Oregon State among others. The Broncos were considered the Sun Devils' toughest competition in this recruiting battle and were the first school to offer the Mountain Pointe athlete. They threaten to pull their scholarship from Marshall if he didn't commit to them back in June. Since Marshall wasn't able to unofficially visit Boise at that time he didn't pledge to them and the team did make good on their promise.

In a very unfortunate turn of events, Emil Smith who committed to the Broncos and supposedly was the reason why Marshall's offer was pulled, died in a car accident less a month after his commitment. Thus, Marshall was re-recruited by Boise State and he was once again re-considering them as an option.

Marshall said that he has he no ill feelings towards what happened with the Broncos.

"I just look at the whole process as a business," Marshall explained. "They had to do what they had to do and I had to do what I had to do. Whichever linebacker commits to them it will be a good choice for him."

While Marshall is listed as an athlete in the recruiting database, he is more than likely to play WILL linebacker with the maroon and gold.

"Marshall is a versatile player that could play outside linebacker or strong safety," said's Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell. "Boise State actually offered him as a middle linebacker. Will more than likely add to his 200 lbs. frame and play as a linebacker. He's a very long and rangy prospect that can cover a lot of ground.

"Marshall is a hard working kid that has great character and will be a very good addition for the Sun Devils. This year he has struggled with a stress fracture in his foot, but so far has battled through the pain."

Marshall runs a 4.5, and in the weight room he squats 365 lbs. benches 285 and power cleans 250.

"Coach Bray said that he likes how I'm explosive and how I get off the blocks," Marshall noted. "They like how I can get tackles for loss. Things I need to work on are my footwork and just learning offenses better."

Marshall said that he never knew at what point of the season he was going to commit but he is happy with the timing of it.

"I was talking to my head coach," Marshall said, "and he told me that if I commit now to a college I don't have to worry about my senior season and I can just focus on high school. He told me it would be a large weight off my shoulders and I do feel relieved now. A lot of stress off my chest (laughs).

"He told me that if I know where I'm going to go I should just commit and enjoy high school."

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