Getting to know Marshall Cherrington

Don't let his age fool you. Marshall Cherrington can report with the best of them. A senior at Redmond High School, Cherrington, 18, stormed onto the college football recruiting scene this past year, not as a player, but as a journalist. He breaks stories on par with nationally respected sportswriters, and digs up recruiting scoops for, a popular scouting blog.

"That kid is a grinder," said Scott Enyeart, one of Cherrington's mentors. "I can't tell you how many people I talk to who are absolutely shocked when they find out Marshall is a high school kid. I think that speaks to his work ethic. He does such a good job of being professional, busting his tail, and really trying to do a good job."

Cherrington's age plays to his advantage, allowing him to talk more freely with recruits, which in turn lets them trust him more. He's able to connect with recruits over simple things like class and basketball. Two prime examples of this were Bellevue High School's Budda Baker and Fife High School's Kaleb McGary, the top two players from the state this year and nationally coveted prospects.?

Cherrington was the first to hint at Baker de-committing from the University of Oregon, posting on the message boards almost three hours before the news hit the mainstream.

"I'm just trying to get a job done," said Cherrington. "Talk to these kids, get their choices out and known."?

Baker's tweet, which officially announced the news, was favorited 691 times and retweeted 815 times.

"I got to hang out with Budda at some of the combines, just talk, texting and calling and all that," said Cherrington. "With Kaleb, he's always been a really nice kid. The day he committed we were just talking about how we hated the classes we were in, kind of like a high schooler's life."

Cherrington has been helping for 10 months now, though he's been covering recruiting for about 18 months. Prior to joining, Cherrington worked with Husky Haul, and then created his own sports blog, the Seattle Sports Soup, before moving onto

"I knew Dawgman was kind of the leading site in the industry," said Cherrington. "I haven't had a lot of restrictions there. Just do what I can, mainly with a focus on recruiting."

Cherrington credits Enyeart, a former University of Southern California beat writer for SB Nation, for providing mentorship through his young writing career. After Cherrington's stint with Rivals didn't go well, Enyeart advised him to reach out to for an internship.

Two things Enyeart has tried to impart to Cherrington are to remember his subjects are not his friends, and that it's more important to be right than first, though Cherrington has a knack for being both right and first.

Cherrington plays basketball for Redmond High School and has faced off against some of the recruits he reports on.

"It's interesting, I played against Calvin Throckmorton a month ago," said Cherrington. "The ref was telling him to slow down because he was getting too physical. I was like, ‘ref, he's just a football player, come on.' It's fun playing with them, because they know who I am."

With graduation just around the corner, Cherrington has his eyes set on a handful of schools: USC, UW, Arizona State University, Syracuse University, and Santa Clara University. He hopes to make his decision by early April.

"I almost feel like a recruit myself, just line the hats up on the table and pick one," said Cherrington, laughing. "Cost wouldn't be a factor for a recruit, but unfortunately I have to factor that in. … USC could just accept me and make things easier, though." Top Stories