The Marshall Plan

Valley Christian (San Jose, Ca.) RB Byron Marshall spent the past two weeks on the road, touring several schools he plans to take official visits to this fall. spoke to the talented runner after he returned home and got his thoughts on things including how his trip to Washington went...

"Oh yeah, it was a really good visit," Marshall said of his time in Seattle on Tuesday. "It was fun watching the coaches and how into the whole practice they were. They are intense and the team really feeds off of that.

"They teach a lot too, which was really cool to see because it shows you they know the game and what they are looking for."

While on campus, Marshall said the coaches gave him a tour of things and he got a view of the facilities upgrade the school is undertaking.

"They showed me this 3-D presentation of what the new stadium is going to look like and they sorta showed us (Byron and his father) from the field what it was going to look like," Marshall said. "Their facilities are going to be amazing and that is something you definitely are interested in because it shows how serious they take things when it comes to football and you are going to be spending a lot of time there in those facilities, so that's an important aspect of things."

Besides his tour and watching practice, Marshall also got to talk with the Husky coaches including head coach Steve Sarkisian and running backs coach Joel Thomas.

"I really like the coaches there," Marshall said. "I've gotten to know them really well and I like the way they coach. It's intense, but they care about their players and they want to win. You can see that and I think the players feed off of their confidence."

Shortly after his trip to Seattle, Marshall and his father made their way south to Eugene to take in one of Oregon's practices.

"They practice fast and I got to talk with the coaches for about an hour-and-a-half," Marshall said. "Their offense is great and they have some great weapons to work with. I spent a lot of time watching the running backs and they have a ton of them -- LaMichael James, (Kenjon) Barner, D'Anthony Thomas -- I mean it's pretty amazing and I feel like I could fit in their offense pretty well if that's where I ended up."

Last week, Marshall and his father took a trip to Indiana to visit Notre Dame and Purdue and those also were impressive.

"Honestly, every school I've seen has really been great," Marshall said. "At Notre Dame, you have tradition and it's just amazing spending time there with their staff. They are really innovative.

"Purdue was fun too. They have a great staff that I've gotten to know pretty well and they also have some big-time players that are great players too. Their coaches spent time showing me how I could fit into their offense and what their plans are so it was all really good."

Now that his "recruiting tour" has been completed, Marshall has rejoined his team's preseason preparations and said he's also started to think about his official visits.

"I've sorta narrowed things down to a top six right now," Marshall said. "It's Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame, Washington, Arizona State and USC right now. Those are the schools I'm looking the hardest at.

"I've started to look at some games I want to see and those dates and when I'd like to take my official visits to schools.

"I'd really like to get out to Notre Dame for their game against SC and I'm looking at Oregon's game against Oregon State, the Civil War, and that could work too.

"I want to visit Washington when they play a game, Cal would be a good one, but honestly I just haven't worked out my schedule yet, so I'm not sure when those will get set up."

While Marshall said his plan is to take all of his visits, he isn't necessarily holding onto a timeline for when he wants to make his decision.

"I'm not going to wait just for the sake of waiting," Marshall said. "If I feel it's right, then I'm going to make my decision and it will be over with.

"It could be tomorrow, a week, a month or even several months from now or it could be Signing Day," Marshall said. "I don't see it going that long, but it could definitely be the end of my season, like in December before I decide. I really am not sure about that yet.

"All I know is that I don't want to drag it out. I want to find the right school, the right staff and the right program. After that, I will make my decision and it won't change."

As a junior in 2010, Marshall used his 4.35 speed to post 1,360 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Marshall and the rest of his teammates will take on Bullard on September 10th at home. will have more from Marshall in the future as he begins to firm up dates for his official visits.

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