The Genes Add Up

It's easy to see why Cassius Marsh is one of the top football prospects in the recruiting class-of-2010.

Look at his family background, and the gridiron is in Cassius Marsh's genes.

Marsh's father Curtis followed up his collegiate career at Utah, with a five-year NFL career as a wide receiver. Curtis Jr. is currently a defensive back at Utah State.

You'd think Marsh was the next great skill player in the family, but both Curtis Sr. and Jr. look tiny standing next to the younger Marsh.

"My dad is 6-3, 230, but my mom, on her side of the family, my grandfather was 6-5 and Creole, so he is a pretty thick guy," the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Marsh explained. "I got my thickness from my mom's side of the family, and I got my quickness and athletic ability from my father."

Combine the two, and you have one of the best defensive tackles on the West Coast.

After helping lead Oaks Christian High (Westlake Village, Calif.) to a 14-0 record and a CIF-SS Northwest Division title, Marsh has earned scholarship offers from places like USC, UCLA, California, Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon.

A couple more programs are showing heavy interest, including Florida and Notre Dame.

Irish assistant coach Brian Polian attended an Oaks Christian practice this past fall, and has been in regular touch with Marsh.

"I've been talking to coach Polian, and he's telling me he has to watch my film," Marsh said. "He's seen me in practice and he wants to offer me, but the rest of the coaching staff hasn't seen my film yet. He said he is waiting for that, and they should offer me after that.

"He said a couple weeks ago they were going to watch it, but then coach Polian had a (personal) issue, and then they were going to do it last weekend. I really don't know when they're going to do it, that's just what he's telling me."

Marsh is getting anxious. Notre Dame is one of the offers he wants.

Currently, Marsh has California as his leader, with USC and UCLA close behind. He says Tennessee is still in the mix, and Florida and Notre Dame will have a chance to land his services if they do indeed step to the table with a full-ride.

"Those are the six I'm still considering," Marsh said.

Marsh is quite familiar with the Irish program.

"Just the history," Marsh said of Notre Dame. "They're down right now, and I know they need players. It's a great school. It's basically a great school, and I know it is, and I want to be a part of the team and possibly part of the people that are bringing Notre Dame back up."

Another one of those people trying to help get Notre Dame back on the National Championship track is quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who is an Oaks Christian alum.

"I've been around him three times, but I don't really know him that well," Marsh said.

Notre Dame has already offered a scholarship to Marsh's teammates Nick Montana and Erik Kohler. When the staff gets around to watching Marsh's film, they will likely enjoy what the see. This past season, he had 55 tackles and 16 sacks.

"The only things I've ever heard from coach Polian, is that he's excited about the way I play, and that I'm an amazing player."

If Notre Dame offers, Marsh says he'll take a visit. He has already taken trips to California, USC, and UCLA, and would like to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

"I'm looking for playing time, history, a great football program, a great business program at the school, and great campus and coach security," Marsh explained.


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