May 3, 2009

Can Vols Marshall DB's interest?

Tennessee has had great success at attracting top-flight defensive backs in recent memory and they are targeting several top ballhawks in the class of 2010. Durham, N. C. defensive back A.J. Marshall is one of those prospects and the Tar Heel State product says he's taking things slowly and approaching each day the same.

"Everything is pretty good," Marshall said. "I'm just trying to enjoy it and take it one day at a time. The coaches and schools are showing me so much love and telling me how good they think my tape looks. I keep getting scholarship offers and it's really a blessing. I think it's important to have fun and enjoy the process."

Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia Tech are Marshall's top three schools at the moment. Tennessee is making a surge due to Lane Kiffin and his new staff, including quarterbacks coach David Reaves who has experience in recruiting the Carolinas.

"Tennessee is real high on my list," Marshall said. "They write me letters and coach Reaves came by to evaluate me the other day. Lane Kiffin has done a nice job in the short time he's been there. I haven't been there yet, but I spoke to coach Kiffin one time. They had a lot of coaching changes and I think they put together a really good staff. They also have Eric Berry, and he's a big-time player."

Marshall is taking a deep look into the educational part of each school. He and his family have made school a top priority and he says the academic side will be a key part of the school that he picks.

On the field, Marshall has every tool imaginable. He's fast and his ability as a defensive back is growing with each day. He says he can't pick out one thing in particular that he does well. He feels like he's a good overall player.

"My athletic ability is the biggest thing," Marshall said. "I love to work on secondary techniques like getting the ball at its high point, breaking 45 degrees and getting out of my break. It's all about taking it from practice to the game field. I feel like my technique is really good and that's due to my coach. He's coached on the collegiate level."

That coach is Daren Hart who played at East Carolina.

Southern Durham lost 7-0 in the second round of the playoffs last season. Marshall is focused on making sure that doesn't happen this fall. A state championship run is on his mind.

"We love to battle in 7-on-7s," Marshall said. "We are really focused and excited about spring practice. We are battling and it's real intense. We have put that loss behind us and we are focused on having a strong year this year. We have a lot of guys back on defense and Anthony Creecy makes all kinds of plays on offense. I think we can have a big year."

Marshall and Creecy travel together when they visit schools and they are planning on going to some summer camps out of state. Ole Miss, Ohio State and Tennessee are the three that they plan to attend. They will also go to a few one-day camps inside the state of North Carolina.

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