Marshall Talks Duke & Decision

When he committed there were several Duke football fans wondering just who Sam Marshall was. At nearly 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds the newest Blue Devil commit sounded more like a post player for Mike Krzyzewski's program than a football player. But, according to Marhsall, the football program has picked up a unique prospect ready to contribute.

"My decision to attend Duke didn't come down to just one factor," said Sam Marshall. "It was really a combination of the great coaching, and great education coupled with the good location and the opportunity to play on the defensive side of the ball."

Given that Marshall measures out at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds with a personal best forty time of 4.9, the idea of playing on the defensive side of the ball was certainly somewhat unusual. After all, players of that size usually translate into offensive tackles. But not Marshall. He's going to play on the edge of Duke's new 3-4 defense.

"The coaches recruited me to play defensive end. I feel it really helps me to have a longer reach and my size allows me to line up well against the offensive tackles."

Marshall certainly proved capable with his performances in Durham for the annual Duke summer camp which is where the Blue Devils became fully convinced that he could help and improve the defensive line in the coming years.

"I went to camp with them on June 12th and soon after my high school coach heard from Duke that they liked what they saw. On June 21st they offered through Coach Roper who also asked me to call Coach Cutcliffe. I spent most of my time speaking with Coach Cutcliffe."

After speaking with the Duke coaches, Marshall decided that the Blue Devils were the winners in this recruiting race over Virginia, Western Michigan, North Carolina State, Marshall, Louisville and East Carolina. All had offered scholarships though all but Duke and Western Michigan had projected him to play along the offensive line.

"Coach Roper was my recruiting coach, but I called Coach Cutcliffe with my decision. I spoke with him most of the time during the recruiting process, and when I told him he was really excited that I had decided to go to Duke."

With his decision behind him Marshall will now focus on his senior season as well as refining his skills and preparing to enroll next summer. His current weight room numbers are a max bench press of 250 pounds, a power clean of 255 pounds, and a max squat of 405. He says a scouting report would begin with his combination of speed and size.

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