Marshall Commits to Pirates

Almost seven months after East Carolina extended a scholarship offer, Dekota Marshall has decided to pull the trigger on a verbal commitment to the Pirates.

"I committed Monday morning to ECU," said Marshall. "I went to my coach's office and made the call. First I talked to my recruiter, Mr. [Donnie] Thompson, then I talked to their DB coach, Mr. [Rick] Smith, and then I talked to Skip Holtz, the head coach. They were really excited that I committed."

Marshall, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete from Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow, was informed over the summer that he was the Pirates number one target for the class of 2006, which resulted in Marshall listing ECU as his leader. Two home games later and Marshall was ready to spend the next four to five years in Greenville.

"After the two games that I had went to, I felt like I wanted to be there," said Marshall. "With them being their number one prospect and all really helped, too."

The East Carolina coaching staff is recruiting Marshall at defensive back, but hopes to use the speedy, hard-nosed athlete on both sides of the ball.

"Coach Holtz told me don't get stuck on playing DB, because he wants me playing receiver, too," said Marshall.

Playing a more significant role in Southwest Onslow's offense, Marshall is having a great senior season. Last Friday he yielded a career day rushing seven times for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Southwest Onslow is currently 7-1 with their eyes focused on a third straight NCHSAA 2A title.

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