Marsh Was Close to Ending it All

The #3-ranked defensive tackle prospect in the country, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Cassius Marsh, was close to verbally committing to a school last month, but now he says he'll keep open his recruitment...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive tackle Cassius Marsh (6-4, 290) was close to ending his recruitment late last month, nearly pulling the trigger and verballing to USC.

Now, a month later, Marsh is thinking there is no immediate end in sight to his recruitment.

"I'm pretty much thinking that I'm going to wait until after the season, and take all my visits," said Marsh. "I was pretty close but now I want to take some more time."

And that means scheduling some trips to the schools that interest him.

"I'm going to take a trip to Tennessee, Oregon, and then I'll take a trip to Cal, and I figure I'll take one to USC and UCLA," said Marsh, saying those are likely to be official visits. "If some new schools came in, I may take a trip there, and not take official visits to USC or UCLA, but I'll probably end up taking visits to those two because no other schools have gotten involved. I still have interest in Notre Dame and Florida, so we'll see what happens with them."

As for unofficial visits, Marsh said that will likely only be in-state schools who'll receive those.

"I'll probably just visit the California schools unofficially," said Marsh. "I'm going back up to Cal the weekend of the 10th (in April)."

Marsh has taken unofficials to the three in-state schools, visiting each for their Junior Days.

Marsh said: "Cal, I loved it, I absolutely loved it up there. SC's Junior Day, they got me hyped up and I almost committed. At UCLA, it was real good and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel took me on a tour himself and he wore my #71 jersey all over campus. Those three would sort of be in the lead, because they are all in California. But I honestly don't know where I'm going to go. The California schools have an advantage and I would like to stay in California. Of course my family wants me to stay close. They want me to be there close by so that's pretty strong. But if I went to a school out-of-state and absolutely loved it, that's where I would be."

Marsh has now targeted January as the timeframe he'd like to make his decision.

"I'll probably decide sometime in January, after I take some visits when our season is over," he said. "I'll probably camp at USC and UCLA and I might try and go to Cal and Tennessee. I have a real interest in going to Tennessee. It's the ‘D-Lineman College.'"

In the meantime, Marsh continues to do offseason workouts, part of a Lions team that will be one of the most loaded in the West.

"I'm just trying to get bigger, faster and work on my quickness," said Marsh.

Marsh finished his 2008 junior season with 55 tackles and six sacks and earned First Team All-State Underclass honors by, helping the Lions to an unbeaten 14-0 record and the CIF-SS Northwest Division title.

Academically, he has a 2.6 and will take the SAT in May and the ACT in June.

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