Coffeyville C.C. defensive tackle Warwick Marsh may be considered a late bloomer on the football field, but he's sure made the most of it.
A native of Central America, Marsh grew up playing soccer in Panama City, Panama, and moved to the United States in 2002. He gave up futbol for the American version on a whim in grade school.
"It was one of those things where I saw a bunch on kids hitting each other and it interested me," Marsh said. "So I stopped playing soccer and started playing football."
Marsh says his days of playing soccer contribute to what he is able to do on the football field. His balance and footwork have been developed greatly thanks to the beautiful game.
"I was a big kid, but I was always quick," Marsh said. "It helps me every time I do something in football. Playing soccer made me really athletic, A lot of big guys can move north and south, but not east and west. Playing soccer has allowed me to move in every direction with ease. It's made my first step quicker."
After one season at Coffeyville, Southern Miss offered the 6-foot, 295-pound monster, and he committed in March. Boise State came knocking in May and extended a scholarship offer as well, causing Marsh to reconsider his pledge to the Golden Eagles.
"I was committed to Southern Miss, then recruiting started picking up," he said. "I didn't know that was going to happen. I wanted to be locked in somewhere, but Boise State offered and and I decommitted. (Southern Miss) understood and is still recruiting me.
"Now that Boise State has offered, I've been getting a lot of interest from other schools."
Now, the big nose tackle wants to wait things out and see what else comes his way. But he does have one school currently at the top.
"If I had a number one school right now it would be Boise State," Marsh said. "Talking to the coaches there, those guys are honest. They told me the truth. I really liked that."
In particular, Marsh -- who compares his game to Haloti Ngata of the NFL -- the Bronco coaches appeal to his work ethic.
"They told me that if I don't come in a play right away, it's on me," Marsh said. "I have to compete and earn my spot. I love competing. I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to making a huge impact wherever I end up."
Marsh will graduate from Coffeyville in December and will be an early enrollee at his next school. He plans on visiting Boise State unofficially this summer and officially in the fall.
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