September 29, 2008

ASU continues hot pursuit of Marshall

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian High School star Cameron Marshall is a talented athlete and one of the best running back prospects in the west.

Marshall is the No. 63 ranked prospect in California regardless of position according to Rivals.com. He has reported offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Northwestern, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

"I don't have a top five or anything," Marshall said. "Lately the three schools that I have been hearing from the most are Arizona State, Northwestern and Washington State."

Valley Christian is off to a 3-0 start this season. Marshall has been a big part of the early success for the Warriors on both sides of the ball. He has been lining up at linebacker and cornerback on defense, and last week Marshall rushed for 226 yards and four touchdowns versus Menlo-Atherton.

"Our season is going great," Marshall said. "Our team is winning big over some highly ranked teams. My numbers are better than last year as well. I feel real confident about our team for the rest of the year. I believe we can win the section title and from there go on to the states and win that."

Last season Marshall earned all-section honors as a running back and as a linebacker. His father, Greg Marshall, said that Arizona initially offered Cameron as a linebacker but then said it would recruit him as a running back after realizing how much he wanted to play on offense in college.

Valley Christian coach Mike Machado explained in a prior interview with Rivals.com why he thought Marshall was better suited to play running back in college.

"Though there are those who might be tempted to play Cameron on the defensive side of the ball because of everything he brings to the table, but he projects as a running back," Machado said. "He has too much talent as a running back to play him anywhere else, because he's most dangerous when he has his hands on the ball."

Marshall is also a track and field prospect. He had the fastest time in California in the 100 meters as well as the sixth fastest indoor in the United States last season. He also has recorded a long jump of over 23 feet, and his 47-foot triple jump is a Pacific Association region record.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder reported a hand-timed 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He said his current bench press is 345 pounds; dead lift is 480 pounds; squat max is 525 pounds; and his power clean is 275 pounds.

Marshall comes from an athletic family. His sister Dahlis is on a track scholarship at the University of Arizona. His younger brother Byron scored touchdowns on each of his first five touches in his first freshmen team game. Since then he has been moved up to varsity for Valley Christian as is playing a number of spots on offense.

Arizona State was the first school to offer Marshall a scholarship. He said that probably won't factor into his final decision, which he expects to make after the season.

Marshall traveled to Arizona State for its Maroon and Gold camp several months ago, where he was one of the top performers.

"I got to take an unofficial visit when I was down there for ASU's camp," Marshall said. "Coach (Jamie) Christian is recruiting me for Arizona State. I get to talk to him a lot. Coach Erickson is a good coach with a good staff. It seems like the players really like him. He really seems like he knows what he is doing. That is big for me. He knows how to use his running backs.

"I have been holding off on setting up official visits. I have thought a little about it but I have not set anything official yet. I might try to set some of them up here soon. ASU will definitely be one of the schools that I visit.

"On my visits I want to see what kind of environment the school itself has and how it fits me. As far as the football team, I am looking to go to a team with a good coach and a good system. A team that wants to win and get better, I don't want to go play for a mediocre program."


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