Cassius Marsh is seriously considering USC

When Pete Carroll offered Oaks Christian defensive tackle Cassius Marsh (6-4, 290) on Dec. 18 after a Rose Bowl practice, Marsh told SCPlaybook, "I wanted to commit at the time, but my mom and my coach (Bill Redell) told me to wait it out and be careful with my college choice." He ultimately committed to California, but his interest in USC remained high.

High enough to decide his commitment to California was a bit premature.

After attending USC Junior Day event, Marsh said he was actually close to verbally committing, but he still wanted to talk it over with his family. And his family clearly favors California at this point, but Marsh definitely has high interest in USC and a few other schools.

"It was amazing, it was crazy and I had a lot of fun," said Marsh about his USC Junior Day experience. "Being able to be around the other recruits was great."

Marsh was asked why he had such high interest in the Trojans?

"The school is just amazing, as far as academics goes," Marsh said. "What can you say about the football program? They're amazing and there's no one better. And the coaching staff is amazing. Pete Carroll and the rest of the coaching staff are so experienced in college and the NFL. Everything you can think of, they pretty much have."

The coach Marsh would spend most of his time with during his four years at USC, should that be the school he chooses, will be Jethro Franklin. Marsh had an opportunity meet Franklin for the first time at the USC Junior Day event and has kept in contact with Franklin since then.

"He's a very fun guy to be around, he's very kind and he knows what he's talking about," said Marsh about USC defensive line coach Jethro Franklin. He has a lot of coaching experience in the NFL and college. He coached Lawrence Jackson and Sedrick Ellis, so I'm sure no one has coached better D-linemen than Coach Franklin."

Marsh is as certain about the position he'll play at USC as he is of his high interest in the Trojans. "I'll be playing the three technique, the interior D-tackle position," said Marsh. "I'm pretty sure that's the position. I know they don't want to use me as a space eater, because I make plays, they like my speed and I get off the ball really well."

Malcolm Jones was another Oaks Christian to attend USC's Junior Day. The general consensus among those who closely follow recruiting believe USC basically has no shot at signing Marshall Jones's younger brother.

"I actually have no idea with Malcolm," said Marsh. "He doesn't ever talk about the school he wants to go to. Whenever I ask him a question about colleges, he just says, ‘I don't know.'" will continue to provide updates for Marsh throughout the recruiting process.

Marsh told us yesterday he is seriously considering four schools after committing to California and then deciding his decision was a bit premature, California, USC, LSU and Oklahoma.

Marsh also told us he will be unable to attend USC's Rising Stars Camp because of football obligations at Oaks Christian. But he and his mother are planning on scheduling a tour of USC, talking with the USC coaching staff and academic advisors.

"My mom hasn't visited USC or met with the coaches, yet, but it will happen soon," said Marsh.

NOTE: I asked Marsh what it‘s like to play for a coach with the experience Clay Matthews has? "It's amazing, Coach Matthews is so knowledgeable, he knows exactly what he wants and what the defense needs to do," said Marsh. "He just makes it so easy for us to learn the defense and he makes it easy for us to be good. He's just a great coach."

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