4-star RB Marshall Talks Irish, Recruiting

Valley Christian Schools (San Jose, Calif.) four-star running back Byron Marshall is being recruited by a number of Pac-12 schools and Notre Dame. He is in the heart of Pac-12 country, so what is he saying about a potential visit to South Bend, Ind? IrishEyes.com spoke to him about it.

As Notre Dame looks to fill out its running back slots, elite prospects from across the nation continue to be recruited by the Irish, and are reciprocating interest.

One such player is Valley Christian Schools (San Jose, Calif.) four-star running back Byron Marshall, who told IrishEyes.com he will make it campus for a visit, although the time frame of it needs to be worked out.

"I talked to them about taking an unofficial, and I talked to my dad about it," Marshall said. "We don't have a date in place, but we're talking about a visit out there this summer. If not in the summer, then definitely in the fall."

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Marshall is rated as Scout.com's No. 16 running back in the 2012 class. He lists a hand-timed 40-yard dash of 4.38 seconds and ran a 6.86-second electronically timed 60 meter dash.

His contact has remained constant with the Irish staff, particularly his recruiting coach, Notre Dame assistant Mike Denbrock.

"We talk once every week or two weeks," Marshall said. "I talk to (running backs) coach (Tim) Hinton from time-to-time, but mostly it's coach Denbrock. It's just building a relationship. We talk, and some of the times it's not about football."

Marshall holds offers from most of the Pac-12 as well as Boise State and the Irish, but he said he hears the most from Notre Dame, California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, "a lot of schools out here."

In his mind, a pecking order is being established, but Marshall said he is not ready to release it.

"I've been talking to my dad about schools," he said, "but it's not really on paper yet."

He is yet to take a visit this summer, and he remains committed to working out hard.

"I'm doing a lot of ladders, a lot of cones, straight ahead running," Marshall said. "I'm trying to work on my quickness and agility, and my stamina, being in shape. I do a lot of footwork and (work) on keeping my pad level low. I'm also working on my back pedal and my defensive back drills."

And while Marshall's speed and size could be an asset to a spread offense, he also likes components of a pro-style offense. So, the style a program runs will not factor much in his decision.

"I really like the spread offense," he said. "I feel like it's a fun offense that works. The spread isn't so much (used in the NFL), but I also like the split-back a lot. It's a toss-up between those two. I don't have a particular favorite."

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