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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Marshall's Opening is about competing

By Corey Dowlar

Florida State will be hoping its commitment list swells by one at The Opening in Oregon.

Safety prospect Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) says he soon will be deciding between his two finalists.

"It's going to be between Ole Miss and FSU," he said.

"Because of the relationships that I have and just a good gut feeling."

Marshall, a three-star prospect with offers from Arkansas, FIU, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, USF, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and others, has a lot to prove. Good thing The Opening provides the opportunity to do that.

He'll be going against some of the nation's top athletes in front of a nationally televised audience.

Marshall believes he deserves to be right up at the top, and he will try his best to prove it.

"The biggest thing is the competition," he said. "I just want to show people I can play with the best."

A lot of prospects really have no idea what they are in for. They've heard the stories of the experience at Nike’s headquarters. They’ve also heard about the temperate weather in the Pacific Northwest. Now they'll experience it.

For Marshall, it'll even be his first trip at cruising altitude.

"Nope, never," he said. "I've never even flown on an airplane before. This will be the first time."

And when Marshall gets back, he won't be able to help himself from bragging to his friends about the gear and the experience.

"Oh yeah," Marshall said. "We get a lot of gear. I can't wait to show it off when I get back home."

Florida State is hoping Marshall comes home in garnet and gold. He would become the Seminoles’ second commitment in as many years at The Opening.

Last year, ESPN 300 wide receiver Isaiah Jones (Milton, Fla./Milton) picked Florida State while in Oregon. He was fresh off an offer from FSU.

Will the Seminoles be able to hold off the surging Rebels, who struck gold at Columbia High School with Laremy Tunsil last cycle? Time will tell.