Marshall Law

Osceola standout Korliss Marshall (6-0, 185, 4.3) completes his whirlwind courtship with the new Arkansas football coaching staff by committing to the Razorbacks on Sunday with plans to be a hard-hitting safety that delivers the punishment instead of taking it.

After years of being hit while carrying the ball, the newest Razorback commit is ready to start laying the licks himself.

Osceola standout Korliss Marshall (6-0, 185, 4.3) committed to Arkansas on Sunday at the end of his official visit and is projected to land at safety next season.

"They are going to recruit me as a safety," Marshall said. "I am familiar with the corner and free safety and strong safety positions so I don't really see too much of a problem in it. With me being a running back the majority of all my life, it is about time for me to beat up on some people myself. I have been getting beat up for quite awhile now. But if asked to carry the ball, I am going to carry the ball no doubt., but I am guess I am going to focus on hitting people now.

"Also punt returns and kick returns will be in the works," Marshall added.

Marshall, who rushed for over 4,000 yards and 60 touchdowns in his career as a Seminole, got an offer from the Razorbacks earlier this week and was happy to seal the deal after his official visit this weekend to Fayetteville.

"It went awesome," Marshall said. "I never realized how big Arkansas was on academics until I saw the whole facility. They put so much money into academic side of the facility and that's what I value about Arkansas."

"All the coaches were nice," Marshall added. "I enjoyed meeting the staff. I'm not saying that they are better than the old staff, but that is a good staff to me. They have got a good staff and a family-orientated team, it makes you want to become a part of that team."

It's clear the education part really resonated with Marshall, who had offers from UAB, UCA, UAPB and Missouri State.

"Tbey are going to make sure you are going to get an education – which every college should," Marshall said. "But Arkansas is going to guarantee that you are going to get an education. If you don't get an education, that's on you because they are going to give you all the help you need in order to get an education so there is no reason you shouldn't get that education."

That's not to say he isn't impressed by everything else the school and it's fans have to offer.

"The facilities are nice, the people are nice," Marshall said. "The players took us out last night and the people honor the football players wherever they go. The Razorbacks are known throughout Arkansas. If you are a football player you will be known by some Razorback fan. I just feel comfortable in the environment and it is far enough to be on my own."

Marshall's hosts on his official visit were Arkansas redshirt freshman safety Rohan Gaines and senior fullback Kiero Small.

"They really know how to show you a good time," Marshall said. "They told me they had a good time, but when it is time to work, it is time to work. That is what I value about them. They are just good people. They let me meet some of their friends and me and the other recruits met up at some of the parties. It was an honor to be here."

Marshall thinks Arkansas is going to go four-for-four on recruits that were in this weekend and related a funny story about Egg Harbor City (NJ) Cedar Creek quarterback Damon Mitchell.

"He enjoyed himself," Marshall said. "It was something different to him because he had been to so many places. He really enjoyed himself even though they said he doesn't like to go out much. They showed him a good time and he was just going with the flow.

"The funny thing about him is that he started telling people he was RG3's little brother because he kind of favors RG3," added Marshall, referring to former Baylor and current NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III. "Some of them believe them, but some of them thought it was a fluke. He is a good person to be be around. I never thought I would meet someone from Jersey in Arkansas.

"...I'm thinking the two guys out of Texas and the quarterback will all commit," Marshall continued. "...They actually showed us the weight room and like the protein shakes and nutrition things they do to keep us physically fit and increase muscle mass. I think they were really interested in that part of the process. With the new facility and everything being right there and not having to leave campus to go anywhere, I thought that was pretty amazing to them...I think all of us here will commit."

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