October 27, 2008

Marshall talks ASU

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back Cameron Marshall is one of Arizona State's top running back targets. Marshall is the 21st ranked all-purpose back in the nation and the 56th best prospect at any position in California according to Rivals.com.

Marshall is a talented athlete, last season he earned all-section honors as a running back and as a linebacker. He is also a track and field prospect. He reportedly had the fastest time in California in the 100 meters as well as the sixth fastest indoor in the United States. He also had 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 reportedly holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Northwestern, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State. Marshall was the lone official visitor this weekend for Arizona State.

"The visit went well," Marshall said. "It was a great trip. I had a lot of fun out there. ASU is a great place to be, it was an all around great trip. Redshirt freshman Deveron Carr was my host; I got to hang out a lot with him.

"I got to spend a pretty good amount of time with Coach Christian the running backs coach. I got to talk to Coach Erickson for a little while too. I got along real well with (Coordinator for Football Student-Athlete Development) Horace (Raymond). We walked around the campus. He was responsible for taking me around everywhere."

Arizona State was the first school to offer Marshall a scholarship. Marshall reports that this visit helped to solidify the relationship that he has built with the coaching staff.

"Arizona State stands pretty much where they did before the visit," Marshall said. "It's not that the trip did not make any kind of impact on me at all. I knew the coaching staff and what they were all about before I went. This visit helped me see how they go about what they do. How they coach. I got to see first hand some of the coaches coach and I liked what I saw. I have always liked Arizona State and I do after this visit.

"As of right now I do not have a favorite or a top five or anything like that. For now I am just going to wait and see. I believe that I am definitely going to visit Northwestern. That would be after the season. I am not going to take anymore visits until after the season. More than likely I will not make any decisions until after I visit Northwestern."

Valley Christian is off to a strong start so far this season. Marshall's play on both sides of the ball is a big reason for the Warriors 6-1 record. He has been lining up at linebacker and cornerback on defense. On offense through the first seven games Marshall has 1,237 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.

"Our game on Thursday went real well," Marshall said. "We smashed [St Francis] 47-14. I had 14 carries for 247 yards and four touchdowns. We play Sacred Heart Cathedral this weekend. I feel confident about our team for the rest of the year."

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