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.