New SEC offer or Marshall

Vanderbilt seems to be eager to add another running back to the Class of 2015. This week they reached out to Marcus Marshall out of Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C. and told him he had an offer. Marshall told while the offer wasn't quite unexpected, it did come "out of the blue" and has him adding Nashville as one of his official visit destinations.

"I had talked with Vanderbilt a little this spring," Marshall said. "Two days ago they came in with an offer. I wouldn't say I was expecting it, but it wasn't a total surprise because I kept in touch with Coach Bankins, direct messaging with him over Twitter. I had sent him the highlights of my first four games of the season. I guess they looked at that as a staff and decided to extend the offer. He didn't go into the intricate details as to why they were offering me, but he said that they thought I was really fast.

"Vanderbilt is an offer that I'm excited about. I like everything I've heard about the program. At the very least, I want to go down there and check it out. I know it's a program that's likes to run the ball a lot. The coaches are getting things headed in the right direction. It's a school I'll be getting down to see in the near future."

Marshall, 5-foot-9, 200-pounds, has previous offers from Army, Boston College, Connecticut, Elon, Furman, Holy Cross, James Madison, Mercer, N.C. State, Western Carolina, and Wake Forest. He has five possible official visits to take and says he has a pretty good idea on four of them.

"I'm looking at going to N.C. State, Wake Forest, James Madison, and now, Vanderbilt," he said. "I may take an official visit to Army, but, honestly, right now I'm not sure. I've got a lot of great offers. Right now, I have no favorites, but those are the schools I'm looking at taking my official visits to. I would like to join a program that's going to be successful when I'm there. I want to see that the coaches have the program on the rise. Of course, I want to go to a college with decent academics. And I want to play with coaches I like who have an offense I'll fit with."

Marshall's father, Warren, played running back at James Madison and was selected in the 6th round by the Denver Broncos in the 1987 NFL Draft. Although Marshall started out playing wide receiver and cornerback at Millbrook, he's blossomed into a running back himself and has the Wildcats off to a 4-2 start this season.

"My heart has always been in playing running back," said Marshall. "This is my third year as a starter. I've made big gains in increasing my speed. I'm focused on doing all of the things I need to do to be a complete running back. In six games I'm up to 741 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns."

N.C. State is a big threat with all three of Millbrook's top senior prospects. The Wolfpack coaches have already procured a July commitment from James Smith-Williams and they're in Kengara Daniel's top five. They'll face Raleigh rival, Broughton, this Friday night in conference play. Top Stories