St. Louis Lutheran North running back Donovan Marshall narrowed his choices to two Power 5 programs and Arkansas State.
Then he picked the Red Wolves.
The rising senior became A-State’s sixth commitment for the 2018 class on Wednesday.
“Everything was just a fit,’’ said Marshall, who narrowed his choices to Vanderbilt and Purdue. He also had offers from Wyoming, Iowa State and Minnesota. He said he plans to sign in December.
“I visited during the spring game and just was impressed by everything,’’ said Marshall, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds. I really liked the coaches, the players, the environment. I just felt at home.
“I had a good time and saw everything that I needed to see and met everyone who will be a part of my life the next few years. The football program wins and is the best in the Sun Belt. I just liked everything about the place/
“To be honest, everything there was a big surprise.”
Marshall said he also had interest from Kentucky, the Wildcats never offered.
“I’m 100 percent committed,’’ he said.
Marshall, who also runs tracks, rushed for 1,500 yards and scored 17 touchdowns last season on a 9-3 team.
“I feel like I am back who can go the distance on any play,’’ he said. “I can run inside or go outside. And I can catch the ball out of the backfield.
“I feel like the Arkansas State system fits me well. I also like it that it's close to home and my family will be able to come see me play. It is not that far away.”
The other commits for the 2018 classing, joining defensive tackle Ryan Taylor of Logansville, Ga., wide receiver Demetrice Holliday of Batesville and Holmes (Miss.) Junior College defensive end Vada King and defensive lineman Terry Hampton.