Marshall Talks Pack Offer

Despite being the younger brother of a local prep star, Raleigh (NC) Millbrook tailback Marcus Marshall feels like he is flying under the radar.

The younger brother of Keith Marshall, a former four-star recruit who is set to play his junior season at Georgia, Marcus Marshall isn't a highly-ranked recruit.

In fact, he's flying under the radar.

"I think the main reason is because of where all I played," said Marshall. "My sophomore year I played corner, and I didn't start playing running back until late in the season so I'm really a late bloomer."

In eight games, Marshall rushed for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. He added another 250 yards receiving and two scores.

Even though he plays the same position as his brother, Marcus feels they are different players.

"I would consider myself a little more of a pounding back," he said. "I'm fast too, but I think I'm a little better than him at the strength components of the position."

Checking in at a sturdy 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, Marshall has an ideal frame for the position. He also has terrific speed. He posted a laser-timed 4.45 40 at a NIKE Camp this spring, and on Saturday he ripped off a 4.35 40-yard dash at NC State's summer camp.

"I've always been fast," said Marshall, laughing.

Now he's gaining scholarship offers. He entered the camp sessions with offers from programs like Boston College, UCONN, Army, and James Madison, and last week he added an offer from Wake Forest.

He picked up another on Saturday when he impressed the NC State coaches at their summer camp.

"I thought I did great at State's camp," he said. "Coach Kitchings and all the other coaches said I did a good job. They seemed excited about me, and I was pumped up as well. Honestly, I think they may have been shocked by how I did. They seemed that way.

"Coach Kitchings is a great guy. He's really knowledgeable and was always pushing us to do well."

After his performance, Marshall met with NC State head coach Dave Doeren,who informed him of his scholarship offer.

"Coach Doeren just told me that he wasn't going to let me leave without knowing how great I did," said Marshall. "He said that he wanted me to know that they were offering me a full scholarship."

Growing up in Raleigh, Marshall is very familiar with the Wolfpack program.

"I've been to a bunch of games with my family and over to the campus. I like State a lot."

This week will be busy for Marshall. He will take a couple of unofficial visits before attending a camp at North Carolina on Friday.

"I'm flying up to Boston to visit BC on Tuesday and then on Thursday I'm going to visit Wake Forest," he said. "After that I'll be going to UNC for a camp, and I'm hoping to get back over to State soon too. Then I go to James Madison on the 26th. They've offered me, and they want me to work out so I told them I would."

Marshall isn't sure yet if he will enroll early, but he is in position to do so as he is fully qualified and carries a 4.3 GPA. He maintains that he is wide open and hopes to continue to add scholarship offers.

"I'm just keeping everything as open as I can," he said. "Right now I think that I can't give a definitive date for making a decision. I'll be narrowing things down by the football season."

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