Sammy Marshall has had productive seasons at East Pennsboro High (PA) with Austin Wilson throwing him passes. The two are hoping they can continue that connection at the college level. With Wilson already signed with Syracuse, Marshall took in the Orange campus for the first time.
"At first, we had breakfast with the coaches," Marshall recalled. "Pretty much, I just felt comfortable as much as I talked to Coach Rob Moore the receivers coach. They became comfortable with me and it seemed like they liked me. Then we had lunch. After lunch we went straight to the game. The game was nice and I liked what I saw.
"What stood out to me the most was probably talking to the coaching staff. I talked to all of the guys. It seemed like they liked me and were interested in me. That made me comfortable with myself there even though this was my first college visit. Once they introduced me to everyone, it seemed like a really good team and a really good program."
The conversations Marshall had with the coaches left him hopeful that an offer could come. He will look to impress the Orange staff at an upcoming camp.
"Pretty much it's along the lines of if I was interested in anyone else and that's why I kept in contact with them," Marshall admitted. "I e-mailed Coach Moore and sent him my highlight tape. They want me to come to one of their camps soon which I think is next month.
"I feel like once they evaluate me and look at my skills and see me play more, hopefully that's when they'll offer."
Syracuse does have a leg up for Marshall's services. Being able to reunite with Wilson would mean a lot to the 6-foot-4 wide receiver. But the Orange stand out for other reasons as well.
"My quarterback is there," Marshall said of Syracuse. "Him going there, it would be massive to play college football with my quarterback. Just knowing someone on the team. Overall, it's a nice school. I feel like if they would need me just as much as I'm interested in them, that would be good."
Syracuse is not the only school contacting Marshall early in the process. He has several area schools with which he has communicated, and is hoping offers will come down the line.
"I haven't really talked to much," Marshall claimed. "I've just been going back and forth on e-mail. Offers wise, none. I've been talking to N.C. State, Rutgers, Temple, Pitt, and a little bit of Penn State but not much."
As he looks towards his senior season, the talented receiver is looking to improve. He knows there will be an adjustment period with a new signal caller at the helm.
"Pretty much, getting the ball more," Marshall declared. "I feel like I'm a really good playmaker, and once I get the ball I can do something with it. I want to show my coaches that I want to be a big part of the team and have that influence on the field.
"But I would say what I need to work on the most would be being a leader and my routes. I need to work on my routes and being more precise and in tune with my new quarterback."