Marshall confirms misinformation

Alvin Marshall is a 5-9, 180-pound running back from Compton, California, and the sophomore at Compton College was rumored to have verbally committed to Washington earlier today via a Compton College press release. But Alvin hasn't made any decision yet and is still wide open as to where he wants to finish up his collegiate ball.

"I haven't signed with anyone yet," Marshall told tonight. "I'm just taking a trip there on the 10th of January. I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel about three weeks ago, but not since."

There obviously was some misinformation given to Compton College Head Coach Cornell Ward. "I talked to him, but I didn't find out he said what he did until I talked to a reporter just a little while ago," Marshall said. "I don't know why he said all that."

Alvin, even though this is his second year playing JC ball, just finished up his first season at Compton. Last year he played for El Camino. "It was fairly good," he said of his 2001 season. "We had an alright football season. I had a pretty good season on a personal note, but we went 5-5 and things weren't looking too good for me there so I decided to transfer over to Compton."

Last year led the Mission conference in kickoff returns and all-purpose yardage, piling up 2053 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns. As remarkable as those numbers are, he did even better this year, as he led the league in all-purpose yards, rushing yards and kickoff return yardage. Even more impressive is that he was third in the league in receptions. He ran for 1359 yards and ended up with a whopping 2850 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns.

"In all the articles my coach calls me the Marshall Faulk of JC football," Alvin said, describing his style. "I can play receiver just as good as I can play running back. I have good eye vision. I can play a lot of different positions on the field."

Besides his visit to Washington (1/10), Marshall also has a visit to Fresno State (12/13) set up. "I'm going to UNLV, but the date isn't set yet," he said. "I'm probably going to visit there this month. And I talked to the recruiting coach for Tennessee and I'm going to try and visit there too."

Marshall's grades apparently are in order. "Academic-wise, I'm ready to transfer in December," he said. "I'm holding a 3.0 GPA right now. My academics are looking pretty good." When he graduates, he'll have 3 years to play 2.

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