Marvin Byrdsong from Longview High School, Texas has 63 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions, as well as being named defensive player of the week for the area.
"We are blitzing a lot more and I really like it, because I get to tear up the quarterback," Marvin said.
The 6-foot-3, 230 pound linebacker has offers from Baylor, Arkansas, Tennessee, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Texas, Texas A&M, Louisiana State, Southern Cal, Florida State, Kansas State and Colorado. Oklahoma has recently offered as well. He has been getting contact from Alabama, Nebraska, Southern Methodist, Minnesota, Texas Christian, Iowa State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Kentucky, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Arizona State, Penn State, and Brigham Young. As well as letters from Northwestern, Notre Dame, Southern Mississippi, North Texas State, Purdue, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, Memphis State, Duke, Wisconsin, Florida, UCLA, Miami of Florida, Colorado State, Army, Navy and New Mexico. Oregon and Oregon State have recently joined the list of schools sending recruiting letters.
"Texas and Florida State have been calling a lot," Marvin said. "Distance will not be a factor now, because my mom says she's packed up for wherever we go."
Texas and Mississippi State are now the top two.
If he had to make his official visits, they would be to the following (his NEW comments follow):
Florida State – "They need linebackers, so bad it hurts according to the recruiting coach I've talked to, so I would get to play as a freshman."
Arkansas – "They are talking the same as Florida State, so I would get early playing time and I want to determine on a visit, if they meet the rest of my criteria."
Texas – "The same as the others, as they need linebackers, so I want to learn more about them."
Louisiana State – "They also need linebackers, so I could start early."
Oklahoma - "They need linebackers too."
Marvin said in reference to why he won't make an official visit to Mississippi State - "I can visit Mississippi State anytime, as I have a brother there."
Marvin was most impressed with the coach from Arkansas. "He talks to you like he's just one of the players," Marvin said.