4-star RB Marshall Eyeing Irish, Taking Time

Four-star running back Byron Marshall of Valley Christian Schools (San Jose) is still looking at several official visits but is yet to schedule any. Notre Dame is on his list, as are five others schools. Marshall also is thinking about making an announcement during a January all-star game.

Valley Christian Schools (San Jose) four-star running back Byron Marshall is looking at six schools, is toying with the idea of announcing at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, and still holds Notre Dame in high regard.

Valley Christian Schools coach Mike Machado said the Irish are one of six schools in contention for the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Marshall.

"I think Notre Dame, like some other schools, in certainly a viable option," Machado said. "He sees a lot of good in Notre Dame, and I see them as definitely being in the hunt."

Marshall is also looking at Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona State and USC.

"(USC) is probably on his long list because they offered him and told him they had one scholarship to offer to a running back, and they offered him," Machado said.

Marshall told IrishEyes.com last month he was hopeful of making an official visit to Notre Dame for the Oct. 22 game against USC, and he is thinking about visiting Oregon at the end of the season for the clash with Oregon State.

However, with no byes and a schedule not conducive to making numerous official visits could be problematic as the season continues.

"We play a lot of Friday night and some Saturday games," Machado said. "He certainly will try to make visits, but I don't know how many he can do. He could take some (unofficial) visits."

If Marshall does not make the in-season visits, he has time afterward before making a decision, which could come at the U.S. Army game Jan. 7, 2012, in San Antonio.

"(The family) talked about maybe making an announcement at the game," Machado said. "He definitely wants to wait until after the season to research a lot of things about the schools."

Marshall opened the season last week by rushing for 101 yards on17 carries, and returning a punt 85 yards for a score in a 28-14 win against Bullard High.

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