After Cassius Marsh pulled back the reigns on his recruitment (and commitment), the rising senior made things clear.
One month later, two out-of-state teams remain.
“I have been talking with LSU and Oklahoma,” Marsh said. “Since I do not know a whole lot about either school, I have just been asking the coaches a lot of questions and doing some research on my own. I know the pros and cons of the in-state schools, so it is on me to get out and learn the same about the other programs.”
Fortunately for LSU, Marsh – who finished his junior campaign with 55 tackles and six sacks - has had a few purple and gold run-ins during his day.
“My cousins and some additional family live in Baton Rouge,” he said. “That is one big benefit about looking at LSU right now. If I decide that I could see myself leaving home for a school, Baton Rouge would be an easy transition for me.”
The biggest pulling factor, however, is the coaching staff’s ability to put players into the NFL.
“I love that LSU has that name brand in the league, where they can just turn top players out every season,” Marsh said. “I want to be able to have a chance to really work my way into a big-time lineman role, and with LSU you know you are going to get that.
“Another major selling point is the tradition of winning,” he added. “LSU competes for a National Championship every season, and that is a big pull for me. Coming from Oaks Christian High, I have only lost about three games my entire high school career. I want to keep that up.”
While California and USC are the clear-cut in-state favorites, with Oklahoma and LSU the same for out-of-state, how will things shake down?
“I am going to take my official visits and then announce at the Army All American game next January,” Marsh said. “My big thing will be playing time, so if I get on the visit and see an open spot at defensive tackle – I won’t hesitate to be there. I definitely don’t like sitting, so I am ready to compete and get a spot.”
Any hint as to how things might pan out?
“I know California and their staff the best, but it will be fair game for anyone to make the impression needed,” Marsh said. “I look at LSU and USC about the same right now - a school that has the national name and winning tradition. To California kids, LSU and Florida are the eastern versions of USC.”