Coach Mangino Visits Future Jayhawk

Phog.net caught a few minutes with future Kansas Defensive Lineman, D.J. Marshall, right after he welcomed Coach Mark Mangino into his home.

At 6'4", and a now 230 pounds, it's not hard to see that, physically, D.J. Marshall looks the part of a pass rushing defensive end. That size, combined with his speed, is exactly why Coach Mangino and staff will be very excited to see Marshall in Lawrence this summer. That combination is also exactly why Marshall is a great pass rushing defensive end who is pumped about arriving in Lawrence this summer.

"I'll be there on June 8th. I graduate on June 7th and I will be there the next day," Marshall said.

The excitement in Marshall 's voice was pretty evident, especially after just spending some time with Coach Mangino and Coach Bowen earlier in the evening.

"The visit went good," said Marshall . "It was a great chance for my family to all meet Coach Mangino. We watched T.V., chatted, and watched some of my brother's film. It was real good."

D.J. even had a little time to discuss a little known player that he had told Coach Bowen about before.

"Jordan Roberts! He's from West Virginia . I played against him in an all star game. That guy can play," said Marshall . "Coach Bowen is getting some film on him to take a look."

Marshall wasn't kidding about Roberts. Roberts, as a senior, rushed for over 3,800 yards and 48 touchdowns. Now, Marshall has convinced Roberts to look at Kansas.

Since D.J. is recruiting kids to Kansas , there must have been something that drew him towards Lawrence after de-committing from Iowa State.

"I like the city. It's a little hilly, but I liked it," said Marshall . "I really liked the people and Massachusetts Street . I really like that my parents will have a shorter trip to see me and they can see me on T.V. a lot. I also know guys going there too. Daymond Patterson and I have been friends since we were like eleven years old."

The Kansas coaching staff is also something Marshall is excited about. Especially one coach in particular.

"Coach Young is a great coach. I'm really excited with him as the defensive coordinator and coaching the defensive line," Marshall said.

D.J. had to certainly be impressed with KU's victory in the Orange Bowl, in their first BCS appearance.

"Oh, I thought they were great. People talked about their schedule, but they proved they belong because they beat the ACC champ," said Marshall . "KU showed that they will be a powerhouse over the next few years and should be at least contending for a title."

Well, as a Kansas fan, you have to love any recruit thinking of Kansas as a powerhouse and a title contender. Its recruits like D.J. that is quickly adding to what Coach Mangino has built at Kansas . D.J. has great size (6'4" 230 lbs) and his footwork and speed is what could allow him to make a contribution as a freshman at Kansas . Marshall is exactly the kind of defensive end recruit that the staff is targeting, someone that can create pressure on the quarterback.


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