January 18, 2009

Cali star lists a couple of favorites

If there's one thing you can absolutely take to the bank each year, it's that the Longhorn Nation will fall in love with a few out of state prospects.

Really, it's like that all over the country. Local is nice, but kids from outside of the home region just seem a bit more exotic. Maybe it's just a case of wanting something you probably know you're not going to get.

From Ryan Perrilloux to Fred Rouse to Darrell Scott, there have been some tough recruitments for the Longhorns in recent years.

Of course, for every one of those there's a Chris Simms, Major Applewhite and Ricky Williams.

Well, as the 2010 recruiting year starts to heat up in earnest, one out of state prospect that might just emerge as a fan favorite of the Longhorn fan base is Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian defensive tackle Cassius Marsh.

The 6-4, 277-pound Marsh has quickly emerged as one of the West Coast's top defensive linemen.

"USC, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon (and) California have offered," Marsh said. "I think Washington has offered, but I'm not sure what happened after (their coaching change). I play defensive tackle and offensive tackle at my high school because that's what my team needs me to do, but every school has offered me as a defensive tackle and that's what I love to (play)."

If this seems like a total Pac-10 party, it is at this point, but if there's a school that might break into the mix and possibly steal one of Southern California's finest, it might just be Mack Brown's Longhorns.

"I've always liked USC and Texas," Marsh said. "Those are my two favorites. I like them because they win a lot of games and compete for national championships every year."

When asked if there was any legitimate chance for the Longhorns to land a potential national top 100 player from the in-state Trojans, Marsh didn't hesitate to give the Longhorns a fighting chance.

"USC does have an advantage because I live in Cali and they are in Southern California and in my backyard, but Texas isn't that far away," Marsh said. "I've always wanted to go there and they always have great defensive linemen. It's pretty even right now. The only advantage right now would be the fact that USC is closer to home."

According to Marsh, the Longhorns have already initiated contact with him, but there haven't been heavy conversations at this point.

"I only talked to the Texas coach one time," Marsh, who indicated that he had spoken with Texas wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, said. "One of their coaches wrote me and asked me to call, but I haven't talked to anyone (at Texas) since."

While the Longhorns still have a chance to get into the fray and make a dent in his recruitment, the Trojans will likely get the first shot to impress him in person.

"I've got a Junior Day scheduled at USC," Marsh said. "I'm not sure of the date, but I believe it's the second weekend in February."

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