Cali Four-star RB Marshall Talks Notre Dame

Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.) four-star running back Byron Marshall was visited by Notre Dame's staff twice during the spring evaluation. So, what does it mean? Does Marshall have an interest in the Irish? And what does he say about visiting campus? Marshall gave those answers, plus more.

When Notre Dame running backs coach Tim Hinton visited Valley Christian School (San Jose, Calif.) during the spring evaluation period, running back Byron Marshall took notice.

Because of that Marshall,'s No. 17-rated running back in the 2012 class, is planning a July visit to South Bend, Ind.

"I've haven't done much research and most of my knowledge is what I've heard from the coaches," Marshall said. "They have a 99 percent graduation rate, which is huge. It's a great program, very good coaches, and they're a different school because they're not in a conference. They play all over. They play USC every year.

"I know they run the spread offense. I think I could fit in just fine."

Marshall is also developing a relationship with Hinton.

"He's actually a funny guy, but serious," Marshall said. "He'll joke around with you, but when it gets time to get down to business, he's serious."

Marshall's main recruiter is Irish assistant Mike Denbrock, who also made a visit to Valley Christian School in May.

"I think he's a good dude," Marshall said. "He's an honest guy. He won't sugarcoat anything. He talks to you like a man. I think he's a good."

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Marshall holds offers from most of the Pacific-12 schools as well as Boise State, BYU and the Irish. He visited the local schools, Stanford and California, and is going over the process of which schools he will visit later this month and in July.

"We haven't finalized the schedule yet," Marshall said. "We've talked vaguely about schools we may visit. I may go to schools in the Pac-12, but not sure where else we're going to go."

One thing that will not matter is location.

"I feel like I'll go to a school if they have what I need in a school," Marshall said. "I'm looking for a good education, good coaches, and coaches I get along with, especially the position coach, a winning program and a good social life"

Marshall is unsure when he will start trimming his list, or when he will make a decision. Top Stories