Taylor Marsh: Jupiter Christian LB

SunStateFootball.com has senior video of 2009 linebacker prospect Taylor Marsh from Jupiter Christian. Even in today's Internet age of recruiting there are still top flight players that slip through the cracks each year. This year one of those players has been Marsh.

Marsh is a 6'2, 220-pound linebacker who is licking his chops for a D-1 offer and feels he can play at that level. He was a key part of back-to-back State Championship teams and is yet another 'football player' that Jupiter Christian is starting to turn out.

On his style of play, Marsh was quick to respond with: "I am a downhill linebacker. I attack the line of scrimmage, my responsibility is either the QB or the back coming out of the backfield. I am constantly putting pressure on the offense." With 100+ tackles and seven sacks his stats back that up.

Marsh showed his toughness by playing through pain in the State Championship game. He suffered an injury to his heel bone/ankle in the state semi-finals, and there was some question as to whether he could play, "No way I was not playing. We had worked too hard, we had come so far for the perfect season, I was playing. Coach kept me off the offensive side of the ball, but I was not going to miss the game on defense. That is where I just love the game, I love the one-on-one match-ups, I love to be on the attack, I love hitting."

Marsh is a very versatile athlete both on and off the field. He played this season both ways, on offense mainly at FB, but also some at TE. He had 289 rushing yards on 29 carries(9.9) and two touchdowns. "If a school wanted me at fullback, yeah I would be interested. I have good hands and I feel like I have a lot of growth left in me. I can carry 240-250 pounds."

Off the field, he boasts a 3.97 GPA. He won the 2008 FHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award and has received a lot of interest from some of the elite academic institutions in the country. Lehigh, Colgate, Columbia, Fordham, Jacksonville, Penn, Wofford, and Elon are just some of the schools that have shown interest. Marsh would be more than happy to play at any of those schools, but what he really wants is a shot at D-1 football.

"I did not hit the camp circuit last summer because I worked 40-hour weeks for Palm Beach County in the car shop. We are a little school and don't get the exposure of the bigger schools in Palm Beach County. We played up and beat Okeechobee, we beat Jensen Beach, we beat Ft. Pierce Central." Besides Lonnie Pryor, Marsh wanted to give a shout out to Kelvin Taylor from Glades Day and NFL legend Fred Taylor's son, "That guy is going to be big-time, he is just a 8th grader, and he has the total package. Keep an eye on him."

"Marsh has an impressive physical package with solid 4.7 speed. He has a 31.5 inch vertical leap, does 20 reps at 185 while maxing at 295 on the bench press, and a 490 squat. "I spent a lot of time at the Athletic Advantage in Wellington. I have really progressed in a relatively short period of time. I feel I am not close to my ceiling as an athlete right now."

Marsh really wants to hear from several programs. "I feel I am a good fit for FAU, FIU, SMU, Ohio, Kent, Appalachian State, and New Hampshire. I would like those programs to know about me. I thought that my play and my team's success would take care of everything. I really think they are missing out. I am all about the team, I take care of business off the field, and I will come in hungry."

Marsh is a person for whom you can't help but root. He is a high-quality young man with outstanding potential both on and off the field. He just wants a chance to shine on the big stage of D-1 football.


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