December 26, 2011

4-star RB still strong after visit

The Oregon Ducks have 17 commitments in their Class of 2012, including one from the West Coast's top prep ball carrier. 5-foot-10, 195-pound Byron Marshall gave his verbal commitment to Oregon in mid-November, filling what is likely the Ducks' lone running back slot for the class.

Duck Sports Authority caught up with the nation's No. 7 ranked running back the night before the California high school All-Star game.

"Right now I'm at the Cal State Game which is tomorrow and for me will be like a warm up for the Army All-American Game," said Marshall. "Guys here are good too. I mean I am practicing against Shaq Thompson every day and he's real good obviously. It is fun to go against the best players and see what you got."

The nation's No. 112 ranked overall player acquitted himself well the following day, and now has San Antonio next in his travel plans. The Army All American Bowl is the most prestigious of the high school post-season games, and the San Jose (Valley Christian) standout will be one of three Oregon commits representing there, along with Alex Balducci and Dwayne Stanford.

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