Known more for his work at a quarterback with the Green Wave, Marshall was offered as a cornerback by the Tigers earlier in the spring and that’s where his focus was aimed on his visit. Taking in Coach Will Muschamp’s defensive scheme and also watching Travaris Robinson, Marshall said he enjoyed getting to see all aspects of the practice.
“I really just came to watch the defense,” Marshall said. “They are recruiting me at cornerback and I observed them during the warm-ups just to see what I would doing if I were to go there. That was fun because it was different. This spring I’ll be playing cornerback at Leeds anyway so that will be fun.”
With a load of talent returning on both sides of the ball Leeds should again be one of the favorites in Class 4A next season. Wanting to help his team and also develop his skills for the next level, Marshall said making the move to defense is something he’s excited about and he’s ready to begin that process this spring and summer because he knows his future is probably somewhere other than quarterback.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Marshall said. “Certain schools offered me to play both sides of the ball to play receiver and defensive back. I get the best of both worlds really. I played safety in little league and that’s about it and also played receiver, but I have always grown up playing receiver because my dad was a receiver.”
As a defensive back Marshall said he believes his knowledge as a quarterback and part-time wide receiver could help him make a quicker adjustment because he understands what the offense is trying to accomplish in the passing game.
Something else that Marshall believes could help his transition to defensive back on the next level should he choose Auburn is the combination of Muschamp and Robinson. Not pulling any punches on the practice field with what they expect from their players on every play, the duo impressed Marshall because of the straightforward manner.
“They are cut-throat,” Marshall said. “They’ll just let it rip. That’s what certain coaches do and I have been around it my whole life so it’s nothing new. That part is exciting for me. I like it when coaches do that. It’s just something that clicks in every athlete’s head.”
Planning to make a decision “sometime soon” with Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Cincinnati all in the mix and Notre Dame possibly joining the group if the Fighting Irish extend an offer, Marshall said right now he’s just focused on learning more about each of his schools and getting to know them better before he’s ready to make his choice.
“It’s just to get out for me and explore,” Marshall said. “Everybody is saying receiver or defensive back so I’ll got to a couple of camps this summer and go on a couple of unofficial visits just to see what’s going on.”