Tag:Cameron Marshall
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Five-star ATH D.J. Foster chooses Arizona State

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The college football public may not be consider Todd Graham one of the bigger or better hires of the 2011-2012 coaching carousel, but that didn't matter to new five-star Arizona State commitment D.J. Foster. 

Foster announced Friday that he will be signing with Graham's Sun Devils this coming Wednesday, choosing Arizona State over an array of national offers including USC, Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame and others. The 6'0", 185-pound athlete ran for 3,058 yards this year for the Tempe-area Saguaro High School Sabercats, but could play wide receiver or corner for the Sun Devils.

At his announcement, Foster cited the ability to play close to home -- and close to his family -- as a deciding factor.

Foster becomes easily the highest-profile member of Graham's first recruiting class for his new team, ranking at No. 30 on the Maxpreps top 100 and No. 4 on Tom Lemming's list of 2012's top 25 athletes. Lemming has this to say about Foster

He led the Sabercats at the RB, WR, and CB positions. He is a lockdown corner who is very comfortable playing against the other team's fastest receiver, and he's very confident with a smooth backpedal and he can turn and run with the best of them. One of the nation's premier cover corners, he also showed great hands, burst, and displayed outstanding moves in the open field at WR. To top it off D.J. is considered to be one of the West's top punt and kickoff returners.

Those kinds of skills should serve the Sun Devils whatever position Foster ultimately ends up settling in, though running back may prove to be Graham's biggest area of need; in 2011 ASU finished 70th in the nation in yards per-carry, with lead rusher Cameron Marshall taking the lion's share of the Sun Devils' carries. 

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Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Five-star tailback Marshall commits to Oregon

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oregon's recruiting for the class of 2012 hasn't received the boost many thought it would with an appearance in the BCS national championship game and back-to-back Pac-10 titles. Wednesday morning however, it did get a big bump with the commitment of San Jose (Calif.) running back Byron Marshall.

"Yes I committed to Oregon last night," Marshall told 247sports.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior selected the Ducks over Arizona State, California, Notre Dame and Washington. He is regarded as the top tailback on the West Coast and is ranked as the fourth-best in the country.

"He runs low to the ground with great speed, vision and balance," Maxpreps analyst Tom Lemming said of Marshall. "A physical runner, he will not go down with arm tackles, shows good cutback ability and is even effective between the tackles. He shows the good vision to find an open space in the defense and exploits it for big gains."

The five-star is easily Chip Kelly's top recruit for the class of 2012 and was a priority for his staff with needs to fill at the position. Marshall's father told 247sports that the speedy running back will take his official visit to Eugene for the Civil War game against Oregon State.

Marshall is the younger brother of Arizona State running back Cameron Marshall.





 
 
 
 
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