Hogs offer Marshall

Arkansas offered Osceola running back Korliss Marshall on Wednesday. This story is free courtesy Johnson Controls.





Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge made a visit to talk to Korliss Marshall last week and the Osceola running back received a scholarship offer from Bret Bielema on Wednesday.

Marshall, 6-foot, 180 pounds, rushed for 1,711 yards and 24 touchdowns last season and is committed to the University of Central Arkansas, but he said he grew up with dreams of playing for the Razorbacks.

"(Arkansas) is really where I had my made my mind up that I wanted to be when (former Arkansas running backs coach) Tim Horton was recruiting me, but he had never offered me a scholarship," Marshall said.

"I've lived in Arkansas my whole life and Darren McFadden was a role model of mine when he went to he University of Arkansas. I've had dreams of playing for Arkansas as well."

The Osceola native said location will play a role into his final decision, too.

"I wouldn't want to stay too close to home, but while I want to go somewhere far, I don't want to go too far," Marshall said. "Fayetteville fits that perfectly."

Marshall has the capability to play several positions on the gridiron, including running back, wide receiver and cornerback. He said he will adapt to whatever position the coaches ask him to play.

"It doesn't matter which position I play on the field," Marshall said. "Wherever I play, I'll give 100 percent. Even if they decide to put me on the defensive line, I would know I'm not supposed to be there, but I would give 100 percent."

Marshall joins a list of running back recruits the Razorbacks are hoping will sign when National Signing Day rolls around next week. Fellow in-state tailback Altee Tenpenny and Plantation, Fla. native Alex Collins are another pair of running backs the Hogs are hoping to add.

Arkansas lost redshirt junior Knile Davis to the NFL Draft and Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo were seniors in 2012. Freshman Donovan Roberts announced he would transfer from the Razorbacks as well, likely leaving Jonathan Williams and Nate Holmes the front-runners for the starting tailback spot when spring practice begins in March.

Any freshman running backs Arkansas land may have to contribute immediately, but Marshall said he is not focused on that.

"It would be an honor to be able to come in and help out right away," he said. "Even if I didn't have the chance to play right away, I would understand because there will be some good backs in front of me and I would have work to do. It will only help me get better to compete with those guys.

"And that's what I want. I want someone who can push me and match my ability. Someone who can force me to be better."

Marshall and his mother are scheduled to take a visit to the University of Arkansas this weekend.



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