That's doubly true in the state of Florida, arguably the most talent-rich in the country, and even more so in the Miami area of Dade County. So, with eight verbal scholarship offers already on the table, it's safe to say the abilities of Miami-Dade Christian School quarterback Bilal Marshall can be described as "prolific."
Despite the new NCAA rule in place that dictates formal scholarship offers cannot be made until Aug. 1, college programs are still actively pursuing and offering the top prospects in the Class of 2012 – they're just doing so verbally.
Marshall racked up six such offers before Feb. 14, from Boston College, Duke, Florida International, Kansas, Rutgers and Wake Forest. He recently added two more to the stack, in Baylor and Memphis – two programs about which he admittedly doesn't know much right now.
"But I spoke with Baylor a little bit, and they basically told me how their offense is run," Marshall explained. "And I kind of like it."
Recruiting hasn't been a big focus lately for the 6-foot-2, 170-pound signal caller. He has instead been directing his energies toward the classroom, where he carries a 3.5 grade point average.
Spring football is just around the corner however, kicking off the first weekend in May, and once that wraps he expects to begin digging a little deeper into the schools recruiting him.
"Definitely, in my mind I'm thinking about the letters coming in and the offers that I have," Marshall said. "I'm going to take three trips to the schools I most want to see (in the summer). I don't know which ones those will be."
"There's no haste in this process," he added. "I have a whole year and a half to make my decision. There's no haste."