Marsh Comes Away from Cal Still Undecided

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive lineman Cassius Marsh committed Cal in April only to de-commit months later. Last weekend, he was in Berkeley for his official visit. And like many, he really didn't know what to say about the Bears 30-3 loss…

"It kinda sucked," Cassius Marsh said of Cal's 27-point drubbing by USC.

"I got a lot of flak for it when I got home. It was disappointing. I really don't know what to say."

Despite the loss, Marsh isn't pushing the Bears down his list. But he did recently removed one national power off his list because of distance.

"I just dropped [Oklahoma] because I don't know if I want to go all that way, and I have no family out there," said Marsh. "It would just be too hard for me."

USC was an early favorite for Marsh, almost committing to the Trojans in February during a junior day. He says they were never out of the picture but now have moved into his top three along with LSU and Cal, which made last weekend's Bears-Trojans game more exciting for him.

"I've been talking to USC the last couple of months. I'm talking to LSU, USC, and Cal. [The Cal loss] makes the race a little closer because I want to be at a winning program."

Marsh says a Bear win wouldn't have changed anything, "It just would have been nice," he said. Regardless, he will take three more visits (two officials and one unofficial) before making his decision.

He will visit LSU and Arizona State officially this month as well as take an unofficial visit to USC. He plans to decide in the next month and a half. Meantime, he had nothing but good things to say about his official visit to Berkeley outside the loss.

"Everything else was good," said Marsh.

Cal nose tackle Derrick Hill was his host. "He's a cool guy, real laid back," said Marsh.

He says the mood was great despite the loss and the rest of the recruits were in similar spirits. "We just tried to have fun."

While certain when he would like to decide, Marsh is uncertain on what will be the deciding factors. In spite of verbally committing to Cal at one point – and knowing, what he wanted then. The last few months have not made his decision any easier.

"Actually, things have become less clear," Marsh said. "I'm just trying to figure things out, trying to make my decision a little easier [by taking these official visits]."

Staying close to home or having family close to him is important. "I have family in Baton Rouge," he says, which makes LSU just an intriguing as playing in his backyard in L.A. or up the interstate in Berkeley.

USC's traditionally strong defense also standouts to him as does Cal's strong academics.

Nonetheless, he still doesn't know what will tip the scale for him.

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