Byron Marshall never gave a specific timetable on when he'd make a decision - it was expected later on in the process - but after deliberately looking at all the programs recruiting him the San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian running back finally reached a decision on Wednesday.
Oregon won out for Marshall, who was also seriously considering Arizona State, Cal, Notre Dame, USC, Washington and many others. He had numerous offers from programs across the country.
"I'm excited about this and I felt like Oregon is the best fit for me and the place that I can be successful," Marshall said. "I'm excited and looking forward for what is to come."
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It's another big pick up for Oregon since Marshall is rated as the sixth-best running back and No. 108 prospect in the 2012 class. He is the highest-rated running back in the West and is No. 14 in the California state rankings.
Marshall put up huge numbers in his sophomore and junior seasons establishing himself as one of the top running backs in the country.
Two seasons ago he finished with 1,035 yards and 17 touchdowns. In his junior year, Marshall had 1,632 yards and 23 scores.
The timing for Marshall is a little bit of a surprise since he said last month at his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey ceremony that he wasn't concerned with recruiting and probably wouldn't be for some months.
The four-star prospect even said he might not make his decision until after the Army game in January. He was planning some other visits as well but didn't have dates set yet.
But Marshall looked at all his options again and felt most comfortable with the Ducks and it's a huge commitment for the Pac-12 powerhouse as they prepare for their game against USC this weekend.