November 17, 2011

Marshall details Oregon commitment

The Oregon Ducks offered a very small group of football players at the running back position for the Class of 2012. With juniors LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner anchoring the unit and freshmen De'Anthony Thomas and Tra Carson making their marks early, veteran running backs Coach Gary Campbell had every reason to be highly selective with what is likely their sole RB slot in the class.

San Jose (Valley Christian) star Byron Marshall was the first at his position to get an offer from the Ducks and received the attention of a player at the top of their list. The nation's No. 6 ranked running back is the caliber of player who often waits until the end of the process to announce their decision. Marshall went a different route.

"I was talking with my parents the other day about how recruiting was going and the schools that I was interested in for a final four," began Marshall. "Oregon just seemed like the best fit for me. I felt the most comfortable there when I went on my unofficial. And the feeling never went away. It felt right and I really like the coaches and the program.

My dad asked, do you want to keep waiting and see how recruiting goes? I just said that right now, I feel ready. I don't think that recruiting was going to go any farther really. I have seen every school I wanted to and talked to other coaches a bunch. And I just keep thinking that Oregon is the best fit for me. So last night we went ahead and called them and said I was going to be a Duck."

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