Marshall Has Boise State On Top

Mountain Pointe HS ATH Israel Marshall (Phoenix, AZ) received his first offer just a few weeks ago as Boise State became the first school to put an offer on the table. Both in-state schools followed up with an offer and yet the Broncos still hold a firm lead on the competition. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his interest in Boise State and his recruitment thus far.

Mountain Pointe HS ATH Israel Marshall (Phoenix, AZ) received his first offer just a few weeks ago as Boise State became the first school to put an offer on the table. Both in-state schools have followed up with an offer and yet the Broncos still hold a firm lead on the competition. "Boise State is on top," he said. "I'm keeping my options open, but they have my attention most right now," he added.

The offer from Boise State left Marshall speechless and came as a huge surprise. "Coach Huff offered me and then I spoke to Coach Petersen later that day and he offered me too," he said. "Coach Huff had already been to my school once to talk to me about everything. It was a surprise and I was just speechless. It felt like I was dreaming."

Tight Ends/Fullbacks Coach Scott Huff left a lasting impression on the standout ATH. "Coach Huff is a good guy," he stated. "He tells me the good and the bad. He's an honest man and a man of his word."

The Bronco football program is known for its family atmosphere and it just so happens that Marshall is looking for that same type of program. "I'm looking for a coaching staff that's like a family," he said. "I want to go somewhere where they embrace me and play for coaches that I can go to if I have a problem. I want to go to a school that can help me mentally and physically."

Marshall (6'2, 200, 4.5) and his teammates just recently finished up spring practice. Mountain Pointe finished 12-1 in 2009 and their goal for 2010 is simply perfection. "My goal for my senior season is to win a state championship. We just have to take it one game at a time," he said. "I want to stay focused, be a leader for the young people, and then hopefully they'll pass that legacy on," he added.

Boise State is recruiting Marshall as a LB. The Bronco defense is built on speed and that's exactly what Israel brings to the table. "I'd have to say my biggest advantage is my speed," he said. "Coach Huff told me he likes that I never give up on a play and I'm always going after the ball. I like to get fired up out on the field and make big hits."

Last season, Marshall finished the season with 60 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Israel Marshall.

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