Plenty of interesting story lines went down this past weekend in college football. And one of the biggest games in the history of the sport is the Red River Rivalry, the game played between Oklahoma and Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX.
In the end, Oklahoma came away with a 28-20 win. This game has become a big attraction for top level recruits from the southern region and in 2010, there were more than a few. One of those players on hand was Pasadena (TX) South Houston junior defensive back Kenneth Marshall.
For him, this was an entirely new experience.
“I was there at the Red River game and I loved it. The game was very intense,” Marshall said. “I could see that both teams wanted to win and the intensity was high. I had never seen a game played that hard in person before.”
Before long, the 6-foot, 190-pound Marshall will be playing in battles like that himself. Marshall was a visitor for Oklahoma, which is one of the programs that have been recruiting him. He said that he did not get the chance to catch up with the coaches while in Dallas.
Outside of the Sooners, Marshall said that Texas A&M and LSU have been showing the most interest. Also, Miami, Arizona Purdue and Notre Dame have also been in the mix as well.
For the moment, Marshall claims no verbal offers. But even still, he has named an unofficial favorite.
“I don’t have any offers right now, but you could say that Oklahoma is the top school for me,” Marshall said. “You could say that, but I do want to see a lot of places. I have not talked with the Oklahoma coaches much, but they talk to my coach.
“And they tell him to tell me to just keep balling.”
So far, Marshall has been balling from the safety position and has 35 total tackles. He has yet to pull down an interception, but the scheme of defense and the lack of passes thrown his way have made it difficult in that category.
Marshall jumped on the Oklahoma radar after a good showing at the Sooner camp last summer. And while it seems like Norman could be his final landing spot, he does want to make sure that everything checks out.
“I still want to leave my options open. But I do know I want to go somewhere where I can play as a freshman,” Marshall said. “There are a few places I want to check out first. I don’t want to commit too quick.”
Other places he would like to venture to is College Station.
“I am getting a lot of mail from them. It seems like every week I get something,” Marshall said. “I have been invited to some games and the coaches want me to come by for an unofficial visit.”
LSU is another place that may get a visit, especially since he missed out on the camp last summer due to schedule conflicts.
“It would have been nice to go to LSU, but I will try and go back down there some time,” Marshall said. “And, I am going to try and go to Texas A&M on one of these Saturdays.”