The spring evaluation period is in full gear and the Texas Tech coaches are crisscrossing the state checking in on prospects who have been offered and evaluating new candidates. One offensive lineman who was visited early is Demarcus Marshall, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound tackle at Grand Prairie High School.
"Coach Brandon Jones stopped by. It went pretty well. He liked how I practiced, and my foot speed. He also liked how aggressive I was."
Texas Tech is a school that is standing out to Marshall early.
"I was telling him that I'm trying to take my unofficial visit to Texas Tech so I can see how the campus really is. I really like how the offense is run, the passing aggression. I'm kind of a run-blocker, and when I was watching the [Frisco] spring game, they were really running it too so they kind of do both. I liked that.
Marshall spoke more about his growing relationship with Red Raider offensive line coach Brandon Jones.
"I like talking to coach Jones. He's a really focused guy, really young and I can connect with him on a different level than I can connect with older coaches. He thinks he can tweak me a little bit more so I can become a better athlete. I talk with him on almost a daily basis."
The big offensive lineman was in attendance at the scrimmage at The Star in Frisco on April 1st.
"I liked the spring game, but I was kind of disappointed with it because I wanted to go on the field and talk to the coaches about it. But since it wasn't on campus, we couldn't really talk to the coaches."
Marshall is excited to check out Texas Tech in person.
"I'm going to visit and talk to some of the players, see how their college lifestyle is. I want to get to know a couple players so that if I do commit and decide to go there, I won't be alone, you know?"
It's still early in his recruitment, but three schools are standing out at the moment.
"Aside from Texas Tech, the other schools that are standing out are Kansas State and North Texas. Those are my top three at this point. Tech is the number one school for me out of all the colleges."
Marshall spoke a bit more about the other schools he is focusing on.
"North Texas has told me that I won't go through the redshirting process, that on the first day I'll be on the field fighting for a starting spot. They basically said the same thing Tech did, that they wouldn't redshirt me. Kansas State, I think they might put me through the redshirt process. Coach Dickey, me and him haven't talked for a couple weeks, but he's always sending me stuff about their business program since I'm trying to major in business. He's always sending me stuff like that."
Marshall said he has a pretty good idea of when he'd like to make a decision on his recruitment.
"Well, I think that I would like to commit my senior year. That way I can see if there are any other schools that are interested in me. But ever since I was in sixth grade, my two favorite colleges were Tech and UT. It would be pretty much between those two."
Texas Tech fans can expect a visit later this month from the talented Metroplex prospect.
"We get out of school May 26th, so it's either going to be before we get out of school or just after we get out of school, but it's going to be in May."
Marshall holds offers from Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, North Texas, Texas Tech, and UTSA, among others. He is also receiving interest from Illinois, Boise State, and Texas, among others.