Class Of 2018 Intro: Donovan Marshall

Lutheran North High School sophomore Donovan Marshall is one of the top young running backs in Missouri.

The University of Missouri football program hosted a few dozen prospects during its annual Black & Gold Game last weekend. One of those was sophomore running back Donovan Marshall

Marshall, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder from Lutheran North High School in St. Louis, was there with some of his 7-on-7 teammates but got to spend some time with a Missouri assistant coach.

“Our 7-on-7 team, Explosion Academy, was invited as a group,” Marshall said. 

After the game, Marshall got to spend some time with a Tigers assistant coach. The two talked about the recruiting process and the school.

“He really talked about my future and recruiting concerning Mizzou,” Marshall said.

New Missouri coach Barry Odom has stressed the importance of recruiting the state and Marshall could emerge as one of the state’s top running backs in the Class of 2018. 

Marshall rushed for 1,160 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt, and scored a team-high 14 touchdowns in his sophomore season. 

“He’s a total package as a running back,” Lutheran North coach Carl Reed said. “He’s going to be a Division I running back, no question. He’s big time.” 

Marshall already has an early scholarship offer from South Dakota, but has also drawn interest from Navy, Northwestern, Iowa State and Missouri. 

He enjoyed his recent trip to Columbia to watch the Tigers. 

“I had a real fun time there,” Marshall said. “It was surreal seeing guys like Ray Wingo and guys I watched and looked up to when I was playing junior high school football. My favorite part was the family atmosphere and how the football program and the fans were so close with each other.”

In a few more years, it will be Marshall playing college football and younger prospects watching him on Saturdays. 

It’s still early in the process, but he has received some attention from schools. 

What do college coaches say they like about him?

“They like how I run hard behind my pads, my vision, my lateral movement, but most importantly my speed in the open field,” said Marshall, who also runs track at Lutheran North.

What is Marshall working on to get better? 

“I'm working on getting stronger, faster, and more agile before the season starts,” he said.

Marshall said he doesn’t have any other unofficial visits planned this spring and isn’t scheduled to attend any camps. He said he’s focusing on getting ready for his junior season with the Crusaders.

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