Staying in Kalamazoo

Earlier this week Portage Northern standout Greg Marshall verbally committed to the Western Michigan University Broncos. Marshall had actually made his decision this past weekend while on an airplane on the way back to Kalamazoo following his official visit to the University at Buffalo.

Marshall who grew up in the area has seen the changes that have taken place at Western Michigan University. He has seen the upgrades to Waldo Stadium and the addition of the Seelye Center Indoor Practice facility. Marshall credits the facilities to helping him make his decision. "It made my decision easier," said Marshall. "Western Michigan University by far has the best facilities in the MAC."

Marshall who stands a 6'0" and 230 pounds runs a 4.7 in the 40. He was being recruited by Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Buffalo, Toledo and Grand Valley State University and was offered by Grand Valley State. Purdue University and the University of Michigan was also looking at Marshall but wanted him to walk-on.

Last season for the Huskies Marshall recorded 90 tackles and recorded five sacks to go along with several forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. His 90 tackles led the team. On offense Marshall recorded 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns. His efforts on the gridiron earned him First Team All-Conference for the second year in a row and First Team All-State. He has also been extended an invitation to attend the Michigan East/West All-Star Game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor this summer on July 23.

In high school Marshall excels in football as well as track where he is a member of the Portage Northern Huskies track team and competes in the disc, shot put, 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash.

Marshall has always been interested in Western Michigan University. "Ever since I was a kid Western has always been a school I've been looking at." The new coaching staff also helped in his decision. "I think that helped finalize my decision," he said. "They have a great coaching staff in place."

Marshall owns a 3.5 grade point average but after scoring a 17 on the ACT he plans on retaking the test this spring so he will be ready pursue a degree in business and to play in the fall. "I'm hoping to get some playing time early," said Marshall. "But it wouldn't be a problem to be redshirted."

Marshall will be rejoining former teammates John Vavrosky and Mike Slater for the first time since he was a freshman and joined the Huskies varsity squad for the playoffs.

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