Late last week the IU staff hosted one of their top targets at the wide receiver position when Miles Marshall made a trip to Bloomington to check out the Indiana program. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound standout from Lilburn (GA) Parkview H.S. spoke to Peegs.com about why the Hoosiers are in great shape with him.
Marshall was impressed with what IU has to offer him as a football player both on and off the field.
“I was there Friday and stayed the night and then went back for a little bit Saturday morning,” he said about his visit. “I liked everything about Indiana. We got to tour the business school, and we also toured the campus. The buildings are all made of limestone and everything was really nice. I liked talking to Coach (Grant) Heard and Coach (Mike) Hart. I have a great relationship with them. I got to watch Coach Heard coach at the Friday Night Lights Camp and I like the way he coaches. I just like everything about Indiana.”
Marshall was able to spend time with some of the IU players during his visit, and they told him playing football for the Hoosiers is a great experience.
“I spent a lot of time with Nick Westbrook,” he said. “He and the other players told me it is a great place to be. They said it is a good balance between football and academics. They also said Coach Heard is a good guy and a good coach.”
The Indiana coaches have expressed to Marshall how much they like the combination of size and athleticism he brings to the wideout position.
“They like my size and the way I can drop down in my routes and move my hips,” he said about the message from IU. “They also think I am very athletic at my size. They think I could come in and play early and compete for a spot.”
Marshall also visited with Tom Allen, and he was impressed with what the Indiana head coach said about his vision for the program.
“He talked about changing the culture and how they were so close to winning like five games but they just couldn’t pull them out in the end,” he said about his talk with Coach Allen. “Their motto this year is breakthrough because they are looking to break through because they are right there on the cusp of becoming an elite program in the Big Ten.”
The Georgia native currently has offers from Indiana, Purdue, Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, BYU, Air Force, Arkansas State, Ball State, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Navy, Ohio, South Alabama, Temple, Toledo, Troy, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Cornell, Furman, Liberty and Samford. After visiting IU and Purdue he plans on taking a few more visits before deciding where he will play his college football.
“I went to Purdue on Saturday and they are right up there with Indiana,” Marshall said about his recruiting. “It is pretty much 1A and 1B. I have a few more visits planned to Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, and also Toledo and Western Michigan and probably Iowa State and Virginia too. After I take those I will probably make my decision before my season starts.”
Last fall Marshall had 47 receptions for 773 yards and nine touchdowns for a Parkview team that went 8-4 and made it to the second round of the state playoffs.