Up in the Air

The recruitment process for Cassius Marsh has come down to the final week. Though committed to LSU, will the four-star defensive tackle prospect stay on the West Coast for college?

When Cassius Marsh made his commitment to LSU last October, he was the 23rd pickup to a class that looked nearly complete.

“At that point I really felt that LSU was the best place for me, and that is why I wanted to give coach [Les] Miles my commitment,” Marsh said.

Three months later, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect is rethinking the decision – and a possible switch to a school on the West Coast, where Marsh could stay home and play college ball, could be in store.

“I have not talked with a lot of media people about it because I don’t want to draw too much attention to myself, but I am definitely thinking hard about the possibility of staying in California,” Marsh said. “It’s something that has been weighing on my mind for a while, and right now my family and I are just talking over every option.”

A resident of Westlake Village, Marsh was once a commitment to Cal before making the switch to LSU. If a final swap was to be made, it appears the frontrunner is the hometown Bruins.

“UCLA has been on me for a long time, so staying home and playing there is something that I have always considered,” Marsh said.

With the recruitment of Evangel Christian Academy’s Brandon Jackson heating up, it is evident that the Tiger staff has a plan in place in case Marsh’s pledge were to fall through.

“I have stayed in contact with [defensive coordinator] coach [John] Chavis and coach Miles over the past few weeks, and they know exactly where I stand and how tough this decision is for me,” Marsh said. “During my in-home visit with all of the LSU coaches I told them straight up how I was feeling, and they really respected me for that.

“They told me they wanted me at LSU, but they understood the reasoning behind wanting to stay home and play close to my family.”

Marsh expects to have his decision made by next Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

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