Marsh Down to LSU and USC

California defensive tackle Cassius Marsh is down to USC and LSU, and a decision is set to happen within the next couple of weeks.

After his round of officials visits, which included stops at Cal, LSU and Arizona State, defensive tackle Cassius Marsh is ready to make his college decision.

In one hand, he has a recent National Champion school from the West Coast: USC. In the other, he has a recent title winner from the South: LSU.

“I enjoyed ASU, but it was not for me,” said Marsh, a one-time Cal commit. “I am only talking with USC and LSU right now, and my decision is set for the next week or two.”

Marsh de-committed from the Golden Bears at the end of his junior season. When California faded after a quick start in 2009, the four-star prospect kept his eyes focused elsewhere.

While USC had made their mark on the Westlake Village native early, LSU was forced to come on strong with a late push. Fortunately, a red-carpet official visit was enough for Marsh to keep the Bayou Bengals in the fold until decision time.

“That trip really pushed LSU up top for me,” he said. “Before my visit, I don’t think I would have said that LSU would be one of my final teams. The campus and coaches really blew me away, and now I feel comfortable with saying that I should decide between those two schools.”

Marsh said that both schools have been in contact the past couple of weeks, and that he would visit the USC campus once more, unofficially this weekend, before he decides on his college destination.

“Right now, both teams are playing it cool and neither side is putting any real pressure on me,” Marsh said. “I don’t know where I stand in terms of priority at each school, but I feel like I am the best defensive tackle on the West Coast, and I know both places want me to come in and be a part of their program.”

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle, who is being recruited to LSU by defensive coordinator John Chavis and line coach Brick Haley, visited Baton Rouge on an official trip the weekend that the Tigers hosted Florida.


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