"When I was in 11th grad I had offers and letters from everyone back there, but I transferred schools and no one knew where I was," Marion told JCFootball.com recently. "I had a good senior year at Greensburg-Salem High School (located in Greensburg, PA) which is like 10 minutes away from Pittsburgh, but I only had a partial scholarship from Temple and I didn't get a good score on the SAT so I headed out to Foothill."
At Foothill College, Marion suffered the loss of his uncle during the season and, after attending the funeral, he decided a change of scenery was needed.
"Foothill was a good school, but it really wasn't a good fit for me," Marion said. "Me and my friend Chuck Thompson both decided to come down here and things have worked out well I think."
At Foothill, a running team, Marion was used mainly as a tight end and blocked for the plethora of solid backs on the roster. At De Anza, Marion has become the receiving threat he always knew he was.
"I have 10 touchdowns and over 700 yards receiving in six games so it's been going pretty good so far," Marion said. "When I run the post or the fade, I'm unstoppable. No one can defend me on those routes."
To go with his good size, Marion also boasts solid speed and strength numbers as well. He sports a 4.43 forty time, boasts a 36-inch vertical and 12 reps of 185 pounds.
Now, after a solid start to his season, Marion is hearing from Oregon State, Pittsburgh and Maryland.
"I'm going up on an unofficial visit to Oregon State on the 21st to see them play," Marion said. "They gave me some tickets for the game so I'm heading up there. Pitt and Maryland have asked for tape and we're getting that out.
"I would love to go to Pitt or Maryland, but I'll go wherever the best opportunity is for me to play. I want to redshirt a year so I can put on some more muscle and weight and then have a chance to play for two years."
Wherever Marion ends up, he'll have three years to play two and he's expected to wrap up his degree in May.