It's been quite the whirlwind week for one of the state's best athletes and it should end Sunday with him following the footsteps of the legendary Razorback athlete he was named after.
Osceola's Korliss Marshall (6-0, 185, 4.3) – who is being pegged as a safety - got an offer from Arkansas earlier this week and is currently taking his official visit to campus this weekend.
He is named after former Razorback and NBA basketball star Corliss Williamson, now the head basketball coach at the University of Central Arkansas.
"It's been kind of a busy week since Arkansas offered me," Marshall said Friday before beginning his visit. "I have been getting a lot of calls lately. It was such short notice that I am glad that I got to take the visit to Arkansas."
Marshall, who could play a variety of positions for the Razorbacks, chose to take the visit to Arkansas this weekend before committing.
"Yes, I am on the verge of it," Marshall said. "It is not a tough decision, but it is a tough decision."
Marshall rushed for 1,711 and 24 touchdowns this season and 4,347 yards and 60 touchdowns in his Seminoles' career.
Depending on how the Arkansas recruiting class finishes out, he could line up at wide receiver, cornerback or safety – which he says is the projected point for him by the Razorback staff at this minute.
"I really don't go into it wanting to play a specific position because I am so versatile," Marshall said. "So really I will fit in wherever. Anywhere they need me I am going to go 100 percent – 110 percent as a matter of fact just to be on the safe side."
Marshall did not have an offer from the previous Arkansas staff, in part because he was working to get a qualifying ACT score – which he has now done.
New head coach Bret Bielema and his staff looked inside the state for hidden gems and liked what they saw on tape of Marshall.
That led to a home visit from Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and a school visit from Razorback tight end coach Barry Lunney, who will be in charge of recruiting the state.
"I had to understand the process with the new coaching staff," Marshall said. "That's why I am glad they came down for the house visit because they broke it all down to me. They didn't want to overlook any players that the previous staff might have been recruiting or what not. They didn't want to leave me in the dark so I value them for that."
He got his offer from Bielema.
"I got to talk to him over the phone and he was the one that actually gave me the offer over the phone because he couldn't fly in due to the bad weather," Marshall said.
Marshall has offers from UAB – where he was previously scheduled to visit this weekend – UCA, UAPB and Missouri State.
All those coaches know they are facing an uphill battle now that Arkansas has offered, but Marshall does appreciate how UCA offensive coordinator Brooks Hollingsworth and head coach Clint Conque have handled the news.
"This is really the weekend where I balance all of my options," Marshall said. "But you know they coach from UCA (Hollingsworth) actually told me that if Arkansas was to offer me, then be a Razorback because those are better opportunities for me. Which is why I value the coach from UCA.
"Coaches from UAPB and other coaches may try to make their school seem as good as Arkansas, but every one knows this is the SEC, a top-notch conference," Marshall added. "This is pretty much where I always wanted to be the whole time. I was just waiting around for the offer."
"Coach Conque actually told me the same thing, but he also told me that if you need something to fall back on, UCA is always available," Marshall continued.
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