Marshall Closing In On Decision

With over 20 offers, Southern Durham (NC) cornerback A.J. Marshall has proven that he is one of the state's prospects. That is good news for Jim Grobe and his staff as Marshall made it clear that Wake Forest is his heavy favorite and a college decision likely on the way in the near future.

A 5'11, 170-pound cornerback out of Southern Durham High School, A.J. Marshall is one of Wake Forest's primary recruiting targets in the class of 2010. This past season, Marshall broke out with a great junior campaign, collecting four interceptions, 30 pass breakups, and 75 tackles.

For his efforts and his work at camps and combines, Marshall has been rewarded with college interest and offers from all across the country. I've got over 20 offers now," Marshall told DeaconSports. "Duke, Wake, [North] Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Oregon, Syracuse, Michigan, Ole Miss, UVa, a Clemson verbal – those are the ones I can think of right now."

Despite such heavy interest, Marshall has made it clear that one school leads for his services. "Right now, at the top of my list is Wake Forest. Wake Forest is at the top because I could see myslf playing at Wake. They have a family environment, Coach Grobe has done great things and they've been to three consecutive bowls. The coaches do things right, all of them. Coach Billings, Coach Russ, they've helped out a lot. I felt so welcome and a part of the family when I visited and the most important thing is this: Jim Grobe doesn't just teach football. He is teaching his guys to be a better man. Being a man is important…"

Marshall is currently participating in summer camps, combines, and 7-on-7s including a national 7-on-7 at Byrnes (SC) High School this week. However, he is also very likely to make his college decision in the very near future. "Me and my family were thinking [we want to decide] before the football season starts," he said.

Marshall plans to visit Wake Forest twice in the next few weeks. "I've been to Wake once and to the city of Winston a few times. I'm trying to get up there this Sunday with a friend of mine. We also plan to go on July 18th to meet the professors and see the classroom environments in full."

Along with his camps, combines, college visits, and a likely college decision, Marshall plans to continue to live in the weightroom and to get stronger. "Mainly I'm hitting the weightroom because that was a weakness of mine. I have a 3.9 GPA and only need one more class so I am taking weightlifting for the first and second semester. I'm hitting the weighroom hard and there are a lot of guys pushing me."

As for his strengths, Marshall believes his mindset and athleticism have helped him to become one of the state's best. "My mentality as a DB, that's what helps me. Being on that island and being confident in my technique. Being well coached, the footwork, and I feel like I have good hips and can run."

Stay tuned to DeaconSports for more as Marshall closes in on his college decision.

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