Marshall looking to make his mark

If <b>Richard Marshall's</b> name sounds a bit familiar, it's not just because his last name is a common one. Recruitniks will remember another Marshall that graduated from Locke High School in Los Angeles just a couple of years ago - Richard's older brother Alvin.

Alvin was all set to matriculate at Nebraska but is now playing at El Camino College with self-professed Husky soft verbal DL Chris Solomona. The younger Marshall is looking to go straight from high school to the D1 ranks. "I'm just looking for the best offer for me," Marshall told this week.

From the way he has been playing of late, getting plenty of offers doesn't look like it's going to be a problem for Richard, even though Locke isn't playing as well as he would like. For example, against Fremont High, Locke's last game, Marshall tallied 11 tackles and two touchdowns, even though Fremont took it by 9.

Richard had a great game at a great time, as one college coach in particular was in attendance last Friday. "Husky Coach (Tom) Williams came to see me play on Friday," he said. "He said that I had a good game and to keep playing hard. He also said that he wants me to take a visit to Washington."

Even though it's looking bleak, Marshall continues to talk about the things leaders talk about. He still has one goal to achieve as a prepster. "To get to the championship."

And make no mistake; Locke uses the 6-0, 175-pound Marshall in every way they can to squeeze out wins. He plays receiver, free safety, defensive back, kick returner, and punt returner. And Richard talks like he plays - he keeps it simple. And with 4.4 speed, that enough speaks volumes.

When asked about the strength of his game, it's "Speed and quickness. I can move well. I can get hyped up as a leader."

Richard has 3 picks and 7 touchdowns for his work so far this year.

Last season, Marshall was All-Area as a receiver, All-City and All-Coliseum League as a DB. Those honors have made Richard a marked man by prospective colleges.

Interest has been coming lately from USC, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and Fresno State, who have all called. "Schools like Kansas have written a lot, but haven't called," said Marshall. He currently has an offer from USC on the table.

Richard hasn't set up official visits, but is planning to take trips to Fresno State, Washington, Wisconsin and Arizona. Top Stories