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Cal going after four-star commit

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Byron Marshall recently took a visit to Cal and things went great with the Golden Bears but the four-star running back from San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian is still with Oregon while he reviews his decision.
"The visit was cool," Marshall said. "It was really cool. It was nice talking to some recruits there. It was cool just hanging out with them. I did learn some new stuff about them so it was good and I had a lot of fun.
"I learned more about the education there and they told me some stuff I didn't know. I've been talking to them a lot and they've reiterated some of the things they've said already."
Marshall, rated as the seventh-best running back and No. 112 prospect in the 2012 class, said Cal's coaching staff is aggressively recruiting him and said during his visit they were telling him to keep considering the Golden Bears.
That assertive approach did not turn Marshall off since he said he expects the Cal coaching staff not to give up leading to signing day. The four-star committed to Oregon in November.
"They were talking to me about that a lot, like the whole visit," Marshall said. "That's all they were saying for me to make sure I really know what I'm doing and to make sure I made the right decision.
"It's understandable. I wouldn't expect them to say anything else. I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I just want to make sure I'm making the right decision. I'll keep thinking about it and go from there."
Recruiting should be slow for a while for Marshall, who's getting ready for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. A few weeks after returning from San Antonio, Marshall will take his official visit to Oregon the weekend of Jan. 20.
In his sophomore and junior seasons, Marshall rushed for a combined 2,687 yards and 40 touchdowns.
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