Mesquite Star Names A Favorite

While watching all the players at the Scout.com combine in Valley Ranch, a few players really made a name for themselves. One of these players was David (D.J.) Marshall. Marshall is a defensive end who also plays tight end for his Mesquite High School team. BearsIllustrated.com caught up with Marshall to get the latest. Find out who he holds offers from and what school is atop his list inside.

Standing 6-4 230, David Marshall is sure to be one coach's dream and another coach's nightmare. Not only can he play outside linebacker, but he also plays defensive end and tight end. With 4.75 speed, a bench press of 360, a squat of 410, and a 36'3" vertical, and reps at 185 pounds 30 times, Marshall is the total package.

The talented Mesquite High School player currently holds offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, and Baylor. Marshall explains that he is leaning towards Baylor and why he has Baylor at the top of his list.

"First, you can get a good education there. Second, they are close to home so my parents, family, and friends don't have to travel too far to come see me. Third, it is in the Big Twelve so you have a lot of competition. Also, I will have the chance to play early, and I won't have to wait three or four years to play. I really like the whole environment, and all the coaches. That's the only school where I talked to all of the coaches."

With his ability to play at several key positions on the field, Marshall talks a little bit about his current role on his team, and how he thinks he projects on the next level.

"We run a 3-4 [defense] now, and I am one of the better athletes on the team, so I can play outside, and I can also play tight end. So, I think they want to keep me on the outside [linebacker], because the 3-4 is really like three tackles. They want to keep me on the outside, and they are looking for someone to play inside. I think I will be playing more on the edge, and I think I will be more of a pass rushing defensive end, but I can also stop the run. Most schools are looking at me for defensive end, but some are saying tight end also. A few said I can play both of them or either one."

Marshall explains going undefeated in district play, carrying momentum into the playoffs and winning the state championship is the goal for the upcoming season.

With a commitment to come shortly, keep it tuned to Scout.com for all the latest.

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