Arkansas State is keeping an eye on in-state target, Korliss Marshall, who is off and running in his senior season at Osecola High School. The 6-foot, 193-pound all-state running back had a huge game in the Seminoles opener. Marshall attributes his success to being a more physically-minded back.
"I'm making better cuts and using my field vision," said Korliss Marshall. "I'm running more between the tackles instead of always taking it to the outside. In college, with the team speed, you won't always be able to take it to the outside, so I'm becoming more of a power runner. I'm going to tote the ball up the middle, give a lick, and run through somebody."
Marshall rarely leaves the playing field. He also plays defensive back and on special teams. In the first game facing Blytheville, he carried the ball 18 times for 224 yards. He scored on touchdown runs of 50 and 81 yards and returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown to finish with 320 total yards. The Red Wolves staff would certainly love to add this caliber of playmaker to the roster and look to be in the driver's seat at this point.
"I have offers from Arkansas State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff," he said. "I did get an offer from Ole Miss but that was when Houston Nutt was there. I have heard from Coach Shibest, who's on the new staff. Coach Gunn usually stays in contact with my head coach, Coach Leggett. We did some 7-on7's this summer at Arkansas State and I talked with Coach Malzahn. I'm going to try and make it up to a few of ASU's game this season."
"I'm looking to see a family atmosphere at a college and not just a bunch of people doing their own thing," Marshall said. "I don't want to be around people who are going to dislike you just because of where you're from. I'm also looking at academics because having a good education will take you far. I'm open right now, but I'm leaning towards staying in-state because I'm not sure about being too far away from my grandmother."
At Oscecola, Marshall recorded his best 40-yard dash time, a 4.34. His best vertical came at the Ole Miss camp, a 39.5-inch jump, as a junior. The Seminoles play in Arkansas Class 3A. Their next game is September 21st at Hoxie.