Marshall Makes It Official

Wake Forest's 2010 football recruiting signing class will sign their letters of intent on Wednesday. One of the core cogs of the Wake Forest 2010 recruiting class is Southern Durham cornerback A.J. Marshall. DeaconSports caught up with Marshall on Tuesday evening, less than 12 hours before Marshall was planning to sign his letter of intent.

"Yeah, definitely," A.J. Marshall said regarding his plans to sign with Wake Forest on Wednesday. "No doubt in my mind I'm signing with Wake tomorrow. The fact is they have great education opportunities and a great business school. I want to do something like sports management and it's a great place to be. The environment there is great and the coaches have made me feel welcome from day one. Coach Russ has showed me great things Wake can do for me while I'm there but also after. My family and I thought about it and it was just the best place to be."

Marshall chose Wake Forest over Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and a host of other schools that offered.

Marshall believes that he has a good shot to come in and play early at Wake Forest. "They told me if I get in and work hard I can probably get some playing time," Marshall said. "I don't have a problem redshirting honestly, but I also want to play. If I can work to their expectations I think stand a good chance of playing next year."

In order to be ready for action next year, Marshall believes he does need to work hard and learn the system at Wake. "I think I have the size but I have to get used to the speed of the game and learning coverages and adjusting – watching more film. I love watching film to give me that edge over the opponent. Also, I've got to build the bond with my other defensive players so I know in cover 3 the safety has my back, things like that. If I get stronger which I should when I get to Wake, I'll work my way onto the field."

When he does hit the field, he'll have a host of friends alongside to help him bring Wake Forest success over the next 4-5 years. "I have talked to Cyhl [Quarles], Mike [Williams] and Josh Bush, and to guys like Merril Noel a lot. Me and him are tight and we're actually going to be rooming together."

Oddly enough, Marshall and Noel did not meet at Wake, but instead at another school. "We met at the Tennessee camp," Marshall said. "We were both out there doing our thing talking junk. We were working hard and got to know each other. He had committed to FSU but told me WFU was in his heart. I just encouraged him to come on and then he visited Wake and knew that's where he wanted to be."

With Marshall and Noel on-board, Wake Forest is expected to have one of their better recruiting classes. "I think we'll have one of the best classes in WFU history," Marshall noted. "I'm trying to have us be better than the '04 class. I saw they were highly rated recently. We have good DTs, Allen and Ford, We've got [Kevin Johnson], we've got Desmond up top and we've got Tanner [Price] and guys like that. He's a great kid when I met him on the official visit and I saw his tape and he is going to be great. We've got a few offensive line commits and also the new lineman [Dylan Heartsill,] he has some good size even though I haven't met him."

According to Marshall, having most of the recruits visit on the same weekend was a huge plus for the 2010 recruiting class. "Really, that's a great thing," he said. "I feel getting to know the guys ahead of time and talking the rest of our senior year is building the relationship and the camaraderie is real good. Now we can just relax, get ready, and come play hard."

And that's just what Marshall plans to do. "Tell all those Wake fans that I'm going to get up there, work hard, and play like my harir is on fire."

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