New Leader for Marsh

After attending USC's Junior Day on February 21st, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive lineman Cassius Marsh appeared to be close to committing to the Trojans. Fast-forward nearly two weeks and the highly sought after recruit now has a new leader. Look inside for all the details.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive lineman Cassius Marsh was so impressed with USC's Junior Day on February 21st that many observers felt he was close to committing to the Trojans.

"The USC Junior Day was great. That was one of the funniest ones," Marsh said. "I was there with the best players in California so it was exciting."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman was impressed by the energy and passion of the USC coaching staff.

"They are all really hands on guys and they are all big personalities," Marsh said. "They all have their own personalities that make the coaching staff so great.

"The running backs coach is the funny guy. Coach Norton is always down to have some fun on the field but is serious off the field. Jethro Franklin is pretty laidback, but when you talk to him, he really catches your attention. Then there is Coach Carroll, whenever he speaks everyone pays attention."

Fast-forward less than two weeks and Marsh has a new leader following his trip to Berkeley for Cal's Junior Day.

"At this point Cal is probably the stand out school," Marsh said. "Cal, USC and UCLA are still my top three.

"Those are the three schools that stand out at this point."

On his trip to Berkeley, the talented defensive lineman was excited by the strong combination of academics and football.

"I had a ton of fun. It's a great campus and the academics are great," Marsh said. "There are so many options there for me and it was a great experience to be there. They have good balance, and they aren't just great in one thing, they are great in everything.

"With Cal, they put football and school together because you need balance. It's just a more complete school I feel."

Marsh will continue his busy recruiting schedule with a trip to Westwood this weekend to check out UCLA's Junior Day.

"I like UCLA because their campus is great, their history is great and the coaching staff is amazing," Marsh said. "Their football program is on the rise and there is a chance for me to go there and play."

The promising prospect currently holds scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Cal, Arizona, ASU, Oregon, Washington, BYU and Tennessee.

He plans to attend camps at USC, UCLA and Cal this summer.

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