February 1, 2008

Is Marshall still solid to Tech?

For JUCO star Broderick Marshall, life revolves around one thing right now: school. The defensive tackle, who signed with Texas Tech in 2006 out of high school over schools like Oklahoma State, Missouri, Nebraska, and others, saw his dream of playing Division One football snatched from his hands when he failed to qualify, forcing him to go the JUCO route.

Nowadays, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Austin native is making sure he doesn't see his future torn from him again.

"Well, for me, recruiting is done," he said. "It's over. I pretty much just do school and talk to Tech's coaches, like Coach McNeill, Coach Sadler, and Coach Simmons all the time to make sure I'm doing what I need to be doing in the classroom."

Though the three-star prospect says things are slow now, that hasn't always been the case.

"It got to the point where I had to just flat out tell everyone that I was going to sign with Tech no matter what," he laughed. "Oklahoma State didn't take that too well, but they finally respected that after I told them enough times. Then there were some schools like TCU and Utah that just came out of nowhere. Utah just randomly showed up at my coach's office and started telling me that I had an offer and that they'd wait on me as long as they needed to, and I was like, 'OK, that's cool, but I'm signing with Tech.' Then TCU came by and they gave me this guarantee thing that said basically that they would promise to get me a degree and get me graduated and all that, but I had to commit on the spot and I wasn't even close to having any of that, so I made sure they knew I was solid to Tech also. There've been some other ones, but those were the ones that were the most persistent."

Needing 18 more hours to graduate, Marshall says everything is on track for him to arrive in Lubbock as planned.

"I need 18 more hours and I'm taking 16 right now," said the all-conference selection. "Last semester I had a 2.4 GPA, which is more than I have to have, but my mom wants me to get that up this semester, so I'm going to work real hard to make sure I make it to Lubbock by the second summer session."

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