ATH Ladell Marshall chooses La. Tech


Louisiana Tech has picked up its seventh commitment in versatile athlete Ladell Marshall (Fort Worth, Texas/O.D. Wyatt).

At 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, Marshall lines up primarily at quarterback for O.D. Wyatt, but he also sees time at wide receiver and safety. A high three-star athlete, Marshall is expected to play receiver for Louisiana Tech.

Recruited by cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis, Marshall threw for 516 yards, rushed for 515 and combined for 10 touchdowns as a junior. He chose Louisiana Tech over offers from Kansas, Houston, Illinois, Missouri, North Texas and Mississippi State.

“It was hard decision, but you have to look at more than just sports,” said Marshall, a Fort Worth resident who was born in Shreveport, La. “I want to study marketing. I had to look at my future. Anything can happen, so you have to look at the education program, too.

“When Coach Curtis came at me, it was just like family – and I’m from Louisiana, so Ruston [La.] kind of felt like Shreveport. It takes a lot to show that you care, and he did that.”

O.D. Wyatt coach Zachary Criss described Marshall as a player who can adapt to any environment or setting. Criss believes that Louisiana Tech is getting an instant playmaker in Marshall, someone who will use his size and speed – he has run the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds – to his advantage.

“He believes in himself, and he believes in Louisiana Tech,” Criss said. “He’s spoken highly of them since before they offered him. They’re going to get someone who really can come and contribute immediately.”

Marshall was a first-team all-district quarterback as a junior. He is ranked No. 59 among athletes nationally and No. 69 among players in the state of Texas in the 2013 class.