Marshall looks to bounce back on the scene

In most cases a player's junior season really sets the tone for their recruitment. So when an injury occurs early on, it can make quite an impact exposure going into their senior seasons. For Mesquite running back Robert Marshall, that seems to be the case. But, this off-season, Marshall looks to make the push to show colleges what he has to offer. SoonersIllustrated has the latest report.

Going in to the 2008 season, Mesquite running back Robert Marshall had high aspirations of being one of the top recruits in the class of 2010. And while that still may be the situation, an unforeseen turn of events sidelined Marshall for quite some due to a knee and ankle injury.

With that behind him and back to 100 percent, the 6-foot, 220-pound Marshall looks to maximize this off-season in hopes that the offers start pouring in.

"Recruitment is going well for me and I am starting to get a lot of looks from schools," Marshal said. "I don't have any offers right now, but I feel like one will be coming soon."

Marshall feels like the first one will likely come from Kansas, as he stated the Jayhawks have been showing the most interest. But Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, SMU, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech have always shown him some love as well. 

As for visits, Marshall has already seen the campuses of Kansas, Texas A&M and is set to check out Arkansas on March 28. And though he did not readily name a favorite, there are plenty of ties that Marshall has to Kansas, as that is the school he is most familiar with.

"I know all of the coaches there on a first-name basis and they (Kansas) send me a lot of handwritten mail," Marshal said. "I have gone to junior days and spring games. Also, my brother (defensive end D.J. Marshall) goes to school there as well."

While Marshall's connection to Kansas seem strong, that has not stopped from actively working the process in search of the right fit. In fact, there is several other Big 12 school in the mix at the moment.

He spoke about in particular.

"Oklahoma does send me some things, but I do not hear from them that much," Marshall said. "They did invite me to check out spring practice, but I have not actually talked to any of the coaches."

And not that he may want to hear from them and does not possibly want to visit Norman, there are a few observations that he has noticed while going through the process.

"I looked at their (Oklahoma) depth chart and it seems like they have a lot of running backs," Marshall said. "Plus, they more of scat-back style backs. I am more of a power back, but that does not mean I would not want to play there. If I was to get an offer from them, they would go to the top of my list."

Marshall said that there was not a lot of ground game going on at Mesquite as the Skeeters put the ball in the air quite a bit. But he did say that his coaches are looking to change the offense to a wing T, thus more carries may come his way in 2009.

He saw limited action as a junior, but still managed to find the end zone four times this past season.


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