CT: How many times have you been to Tucson since signing?
MS: I watched spring game. It was real good. I watched the DE's on both teams, to see who I'm going to be playing with. To give me an idea of what I'm going to be facing when I get there.
CT: Do you get the feeling that the staff is looking at you possibly playing as a true frosh?
MS: It would be great to play as a TF (true freshman), but I'm not going in with the expectation, but if I can handle it, I'll do it.
CT: What have the coaches told you to work on to get ready for next year?
MS: They told me to work on things strength-wise, and to make sure I'm mentally ready in case I do play.
CT: Did you get a chance to meet any of the guys who are playing on the team at defensive end right now?
MS: No, I didn't get to meet any of the guys that are there now.
CT: Were there some other recruits that you got to meet at the spring game?
MS: There was a real big tight end from Texas (Matt Padron) from Texas and I remember a defensive back (Gary Shepard) who was a little guy, but he looked real strong. I remember talking to him. And, I also remember a real big offensive tackle (Tanner Bell).
CT: Marcus, after we talked about a week before signing day it looked at the last like you were wavering a bit.
MS: Yeah, I was wavering there. I had both of the papers here at the house for signing and it came down to that night, the night before and I just talked about it with my family and decided Arizona would be better.
CT: What were the main factors that came into play?
MS: The three main things that Arizona had over them were the coaches; we--my family and me-- think they are better people like off the field. And two, USC is not in a very good area so the atmosphere would be better at Arizona and third I just think I'd get a better chance to play at Arizona.
CT: The coach who recruited you to Arizona, you really liked him didn't you?
MS: Yeah, I really liked Coach (Steve) Bernstein and Coach (Marty) Long. Those two are more than football coaches that I can see. They are good people.
CT: Have the coaches talked to you about any of the subtle changes they've made to the defensive scheme?
MS: No, I hadn't heard too much about the changes on defense.
CT: So what have you been up to since signing day?
MS: I am mainly just doing school and I play basketball every now and then. I couldn't play in tournaments once I signed a National Letter of Intent.