While Southern Durham (NC) WR Tony Creecy has attracted quite a bit of recruiting attention thus far in 2009, he isn’t the only major division one prospect that will line up for the Spartans next season.
A.J. Marshall just happens to be Creecy’s best friend and has emerged on the list of several colleges himself. The 5-11, 175 pound cornerback was instrumental in Southern’s playoff run last year, finishing off the season with 75 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries- two of which were returned for scores. Pack Pride talked with Marshall recently and he talked about his junior season.
“Last season I was pretty productive,” said Marshall. “Our defense did good and we played well when we needed to. When our offense was down we helped those guys out. Coach Jones helped us out a lot especially with the secondary as far as my hips, footwork.
“I also got to play offense. I played kind of like the wild cat position. I lined up mostly like a running back. I didn’t really throw the ball that much but when I did, I threw it to TC (Creecy) every once in a while. He’s a good player and he took one of my passes for about 50 yards. That was pretty cool.”
Although a contributor on offense, Marshall projects at corner in college and several schools have lined up with scholarship offers.
“I have offers from UNC, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland and East Carolina,” he said. “Florida is talking to me and I think that’s about it.”
One of the more recent schools to offer was Virginia Tech and Marshall explained that the Hokies are a program he’s watched closely for several years.
“My freshman and sophomore years I liked Virginia Tech’s secondary because they’re electrifying and made so many plays,” he said. “I really liked that because that’s the position I played. When I came in as a freshman I thought I was going to be a receiver but I ended up at corner. But when I used to watch film and watch people play that position, I would watch Virginia Tech because I enjoyed the way they did it.”
Another school high on Marshall’s list is NC State. The Pack has been on him since his sophomore year and he said he liked the turnaround he saw from State in 2008.
“State is real high on my list because they have great facilities and I just enjoyed going to their practices. They’re so open with me and stuff like that.
“And then with Russell (Wilson), he’s just an electrifying player by himself so he turned them around. I just love coach Reed because he’s a secondary coach. He’s just an awesome guy and loves the game of football. Plus, he coached with Philadelphia and I’m a big Eagles fan. When I go to their meetings I just feel at home. The players, I talk with them and see how NC State is going.”
Just in the early stages of recruiting, Marshall said he’s in no rush to make a decision. However, it does appear that location could potentially play a factor in his choice down the road.
“I’m not sure on when I’ll make a decision yet. When the chance comes and I know, I’ll probably do it but if I’m not sure I’ll probably wait. I’m not in a rush.
“Right now, I like most of the in-state schools because I want to stay close to my family. But I’ll also look at some of the out of state schools because I haven’t really narrowed it down yet. I still haven’t had a chance to check out the academic part yet.”
So with Marshall and Creecy boasting a lot of the same offers, is there any potential for a package deal?
“He has more offers than me but if he narrows it down to the same ones I’m looking at then I’m pretty sure there’s a good chance we’ll end up together.”