Riverside MLB Deylan Marrow a Thumper

Versatility is a major asset for JC recruits who are trying to catch the eye of four-year coaches. Riverside linebacker Deylan Marrow is definitely multi-talented. He led his team in tackles and even kicked off for the Tigers during his freshman season.

"Schools are looking at me as a running back and a linebacker," Marrow (6-0, 230) told JCFootball.com.  "I have the stats from high school to play running back so teams are looking at me to play that, but I really like to play linebacker."

And boy does he.

"I had 112 tackles, six sacks and was All-Mission Conference my first year," Marrow said.  "When I was a senior in high school, I had 160 tackles, 16 sacks and one interception.  I was All-League, All-County and All-CIF then too. 

"At running back there, I had 1,700 yards, 25 touchdowns and close to 400 yards receiving.  I never left the field it seemed like."

Even though he could play a number of positions, defense, especially linebacker, is where his heart lies.

"I wouldn't mind playing running back for whoever decides to offer me, but I love defense," Marrow, who runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds, said.  "I think it wins games.  Great defense wins games and I love to hit.  What's not to like about defense?"

In high school Marrow dished out six concussions to opponents in his senior season alone, but last year he was on the receiving end of one.

"I hit a running back head up and I got the concussion that time," Marrow said with a laugh.  "It's the only one I've ever had.  It was a weird feeling, but I'm good to go now."

As a senior at North High School in Riverside, Ca. Marrow said he was recruited by the entire Pac 10 and most of the Mountain West, Western Athletic Conference and some Big 12 schools as well.   "A few of the schools offered me, but they pulled the offers because they knew I wasn't going to qualify," Marrow said. 

Now, after his productive freshman season at Riverside he has received interest from several big name programs.  Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Fresno State, BYU and Tulsa have let him know they are interested in his services.

"They are all sending me letters and letting my coach know they want to look at my film and get my transcripts," Marrow said.  "It makes me even more ready to work hard this summer so I can really blow up this fall and get some offers."

Marrow said he is on pace to graduate in December and hopes to garner offers before then so he can be on campus for spring practices.

"I'm looking for consistency wherever I end up," Marrow said about the school he will eventually commit to.  "I want to be around good coaches and be able to relate to them and feel comfortable there. 

"I also want to go to a good program with a good weight room and it needs to be in a good area."

Marrow plans to major in Business Management and will have three years to play two seasons starting in 2007.


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