There is no question that defensive tackle Cassius Marsh (6-5, 278, 4.9) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian is one of the best at his position that the west has to offer for the class of 2010. He currently has nine offers on the table, his most recent one coming from a SEC school this past Monday, but before he even received that offer he was tempted to commit to a Pac 10 school.
"I went to USC this past weekend," Marsh said. "I'll be going to Cal this coming weekend and I will be going to UCLA on March 7th."
"I loved it at USC," Marsh said. "It was cool hanging around and getting fired up with of the best players."
"If I had to name a top five it would be Cal, USC, UCLA, Tennessee and Arizona State out of the schools that I have offered," Marsh said. "But I'm pretty open."
"I was thinking about committing to USC, but I'm going to hold off making my college choice until after my football season is over," Marsh said. "I want to take all five of my trips first before making a decision. I want to get the know the colleges first."
"At first I would like out all the out of state schools and then I will come back and check out the Cali schools."
Marsh was very happy with his first offer from the SEC.
"It was great getting an offer from Tennessee," Marsh said. "It was my first from the SEC."
"It is cool to get an offer from the east," Marsh said. "I am hoping to get offers from Notre Dame, Florida and Texas."
What is Marsh looking for in a school?
"First off I want to go to a good business school," Marsh said. "Then I will be looking into playing time. I would like to play as a freshman and compete for a starting job my first year."
"Also I want to play for a winning program that will compete for a national championship," Marsh said. "At this point it won't affect my decision if I play in Cali or not."
Marsh currently has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, USC, BYU and Tennessee.
In the weight room, Marsh currently benches 300-pounds and when you consider the length of his arms that is a heck of a bench. His squat is 400 and he power cleans 280. He has also recorded a very good of a young man his size, 30-inch vertical.
Marsh earned CIF Defensive Player of the Year, Ventura County Defensive Lineman of the Year, League Defensive Player of the Year and League Defensive Lineman of the Year. Plus he earned first-team all-state for his junior season performance.
Marsh racked up 55 tackles, six sacks and one fumble recovery while fighting through double and triple teams all season long.