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Marshall, top RB in West, picks Oregon

11/16/2011

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian Byron Marshall, the top RB in the West region and No. 129 in the ESPNU 150, put an end to the recruiting process when he committed to Oregon on Tuesday night.

He chose the Ducks over Cal, Arizona State, Washington, USC and Notre Dame.

“I’m very excited and relieved this is over,” said Marshall, a four-star prospect who is the nation's No. 9 running back. “I've been thinking Oregon was the place for me for a few weeks now. I just feel like Oregon is a great fit for me in a lot of ways. I love the offense and the success they have had running the football. I think I fit in well with that offense, I’m a power guy that can also get outside and Oregon does a great job getting their players in space.

“I took an unofficial visit in the summer and I’m very comfortable with the coaches, the academics and the city of Eugene itself. It’s a good school with great academic support and their facilities, both for football and academics are very impressive.”

Marshall’s older brother Cameron plays for Arizona State and the Sun Devils were thought to be the team to beat back in the summer. There was also a sense that the hometown Cal Bears were doing well with Marshall, but he said he never had a leader until recently and Oregon was always high on his list.

“I always kept an open mind to all the schools and never favored anyone,” Marshall said. “I wanted to make the best decision for me without being influenced by where Cameron is at or anything like that. My goal was to really weigh all the schools against each other evenly and when I did that, Oregon came out on top.

“I really feel good about this decision and have total peace about it. I visited a lot of schools in the summer and took official visits to Washington and Arizona State as well. I have my official visit set to Oregon for next weekend and that will be the last visit I take. I’m very solid in my commitment and just really looking forward to being a Duck.”