Marsh Makes it 23!

California defensive tackle Cassius Marsh committed to LSU on Monday morning.

For those keeping track at home, call it 23 for LSU.

The Tigers, who have been on the fast track with their recruitment of the 2010 class, landed another giant out-of-state fish on Monday.

A little over two weeks removed from his official visit for the Florida game, four-star defensive tackle Cassius Marsh dialed up the LSU coaches and gave them the good word.

“I went ahead and let coach [Les] Miles know that I want to be a Tiger,” Marsh said. “I really love LSU, and coach Miles was pumped about me coming on board. We both talked about how this is going to be a great move for me.”

A resident of Westlake Village, the California standout is the first high school prospect snagged from the Golden State by Miles during his five-year stay at LSU.

While a number of factors came into play, Marsh said that the influence of two new defensive coaches were among the chief influences in his decision.

“[Defensive coordinator] Coach [John] Chavis and [defensive line] coach [Brick] Haley have been on me pretty hard over the past couple of months, and I have come to find out that they are really, really cool guys,” he said.

“Haley has been recruiting me hard, and when I made the trip for Florida he rolled the red carpet out. That trip made me feel like LSU wanted me as much as anyone in their class, and I knew then that I could make the program my new family.”

A one-time commitment to the Cal Bears, Marsh dropped his verbal pledge and hit the recruiting trail again last spring.

After a few official visits, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect narrowed his list to USC and LSU.

On Monday, the battle between the powerhouses was settled with a phone call to Baton Rouge.

“The visit a couple of weeks ago did it for me,” Marsh said. “I saw the academic side of things and it all worked out, and then the football side checked out as well. When I got back home, I sat on things for a while and realized that LSU was the place for me.

“My family is going to be really tough to leave behind, but we all know that today is a good day.”

With a graduation set for May, Marsh said that his decision is firm.

“It is all LSU, no changes,” he said. “I can’t wait to get down to campus. Playing in front of all those fans at Tiger Stadium … I just can’t wait. When you sit in those stands and feel the energy, it is tough to not want to be a part of it.”

Marsh is the 19th-ranked defensive tackle in the country and is No. 224 overall in the Scout 300. He is ranked No. 8 overall in the state of California.


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