Three-star defensive tackle Cassius Marsh (6-4, 270, 4.8) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian is living up to his reputation as on the of the Golden State's best defensive tackle prospects. In two games while fighting through double teams, Marsh has accounted for 15 tackles, five tackles for loss and four sacks. Marsh has set four of his five allotted visits.
"I will visit Cal on October 3rd," Marsh said. "I will then go to LSU on October 10th, Arizona State on (October) 17th and Oklahoma on Halloween (October 31st)."
Arizona State is the new school on the block Marsh explains how the Sun Devils moved into contention.
"My friend (former Oaks Christian teammate) Chris Coyle is a freshman at ASU," Marsh said. "He tells me how much he loves it there and that they play freshmen there."
What does Marsh like about the rest of the schools he will visit?
"With LSU I have family in Baton Rouge and I like the area," Marsh said. "LSU is a top program and they are in the SEC, plus they are famous for having great defensive tackles.
"I don't know a lot about Oklahoma except they are a big time program and in the Big 12," Marsh said. "They like LSU have an excellent reputation for good defensive tackles. They have an outstanding d-line coach who has a good track record send their players to the NFL, just like LSU.
"Cal still leads," Marsh said. "I can't picture putting any other school ahead of Cal until I see other schools.
"I'm going into all of my officials with an open mind," Marsh said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what is out there."
Marsh was even a surprise visitor to UCLA for their opener against San Diego State.
"UCLA is getting better, but I still want to see how they do in the Pac 10," Marsh said. "I'm also interested in Washington. They are a lot like UCLA. They both have new coaches and are rebuilding."
The reason that Marsh is such a hot commodity is he 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 as a junior after racking up 55 tackles, six sacks and one fumble recovery while fighting through double and triple teams all season long.
Marsh earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 for the class of 2010 and landing as the Golden State's No. 43 prospect at any position.