Marshall talks weekend at Vanderbilt

Marcus Marshall, who was in town for an official visit, was one of the spectators in attendance for Vanderbilt's sixth SEC game of the season. The 5-foot-9, 202-pound running back from Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C., was offered by the Commodores in October and gave them the second of his three planned official visits.

He spoke with VandyMania.com on Sunday evening to discuss his time on campus.

"I'm still in Nashville," Marshall exclaimed. "So far, it's gone very well. Everybody we've talked to so far has been great. They've answered all of our questions. The head coach is a straight-forward guy who puts the best interest of the school above the program. He doesn't take any shortcuts in that approach. He's someone who I know I can trust and enjoying playing for if I decide to come to Vanderbilt.

"I got to watch the game last night, of course, and even though they lost, I took away a lot of positive things from it. Mainly, I liked the way that they use their running backs. It's a young team too and I see there's a lot of potential for growth. It was live before the game. I was talking with the athletic director during pre-game so I didn't really get out in it. The streets were packed. I did see a lot of Florida fans, but Nashville, being a big vacation destination, I wasn't surprised by the turnout. It was a fun environment to be in.

"Today, I've seen the entire campus. It's not really that big so it didn't take all day or anything. They've really been feeding us. I went to the pancake place and the barbecue place. We've gone to some of the best restaurants in town. I also got to see all of the football facilities. It's been crazy. I've got some downtime right now, but later I'm going to be hanging out with Shawn Stankavage, the quarterback from my area, just to get a feel for student-athlete life.

"I'm here with both of my parents. We've been talking to Coach Bankins, who is also very likable. We found out he went to James Madison, the same college as my parents. We have discussed how he sees me fitting in to the offense. They see me as an every-down type of back who can take hand-offs, block, or line up in the slot. He talked a lot about what I'm capable of when I get out in space and some things they'd do to mix it up to get the ball in my hands."

This was the second official visit for Marshall. He was at James Madison on November 1st for their homecoming game against William & Mary. Marshall said he plans on taking one more official visit before he renders his decision on college, that could, however, be subject to change.

"I have an official set to Wake Forest on December 5th," he said. "I've been on campus several times so if something comes up where I feel like I'm ready to make my decision before December 5th, I won't hesitate to make commitment. That includes Wake Forest too. My mindset right now though is to take all three visits and see where I am with everything. I'm enjoying my time at Vanderbilt. There hasn't been one moment that stood out because it's been fun all the way through."

In his senior season at Millbrook, Marshall has rushed for 1450 yards and has 18 touchdowns in 11 games. He'll lead the Wildcats (9-2) into playoff action this Friday when Millbrook faces Jack Britt of Fayetteville, N.C.

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