"I had been thinking about a lot of other schools outside of California because I haven't really checked any of them out," Marsh said. "A lot of schools outside of California were showing interest but weren't offering because they didn't want to offer someone that was already committed, so I felt that I needed to free myself up and continue the recruiting process and check out some other schools.
"I am pretty close with the Cal football team and coaching staff, and I just didn't want to be dishonest with them, so I just told them the truth."
Upon hearing the news, the Cal coaches have been understanding of Marsh's decision to open up his recruitment.
"I talked to Coach Gregory first and he was very supportive. He just told me that they loved me at Cal and want me to be a part of the Golden Bear Family. They were supportive about it and are allowing me to go and check out other schools to make sure that Cal is the right spot for me."
While Marsh is no longer considered a commit, the Golden Bears remain his top school.
"They are still my No.1 but I just need to checkout some other schools because I have only really seen USC, UCLA and Cal," he said. "There is so much more out there and I haven't gotten a chance to check it out."
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman has received interest from some of the top programs across the nation and is looking to learn more about a handful of schools outside of his home state.
"The schools that I have developed a new interest for are LSU, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee, which is a school that I have already been interested in," Marsh said. "Those are just some schools that I am looking at outside of California.
"I can't say that I like them a lot because I haven't had a chance to see the school and meet too many of the coaches. Those are just schools that I am showing interest in at this point."
While Marsh has turned his focus to the out-of-state schools, USC and UCLA join Cal as the three local programs still in the mix.
"USC is still one of my top schools. They still talk to me and told me that they were still really interested, but they weren't too hands on because I am sure that they respect the Cal coaching staff. As far as USC, and even UCLA, the recruiting didn't really stop or anything like that."
"If I decide to stay in California those will be the schools that I check out for sure, but I am really considering going outside of California and there isn't a better conference than the SEC, and I have always had interest in schools like LSU, Florida and Tennessee."
So what are Marsh's plans for the summer?
"I will be attending the Rising Stars Camp, a camp at Cal and depending on how my interest goes with the schools outside of California, I would like to take a trip out to either LSU, Florida or Tennessee and go to one of their camps," Marsh said.
With a few twists and turns already in the recruiting process, Marsh now plans to take some official visits before making a final decision.
"I don't think I will wait until Signing Day but I definitely plan on taking some officials," Marsh explained.
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