August 30, circle that date. The Birmingham Brother Rice Warriors have. That is when they open the season against Oak Park and while all the Brother Rice players have reason to be excited, no one is more ready than senior LB Shaquille Marshall.
Primarily a fullback last season, Marshall is being recruited as a linebacker, but the lack of tape on him on defense is a snag in his recruitment at the moment.
"A lot of schools really want to see film, evaluate my linebacker film and go from there," he said.
That August 30th contest will be the beginning.
"They'll have some film after the first game. We're playing Edwin Baker (Oak Park's star RB) and I'm so ready. We have a week and a half until we start camp and we get our pads on Saturday. I want to play well and make sure I get into a college."
Although he is offerless at the moment, Marshall has received interest from several schools, all of whom are simply waiting to see more.
"I talked to Auburn and Akron a couple weeks ago. I visited CMU on Sunday for 5-star day and I've been talking to Illinois a little bit and Cincinnati."
Of his visits, Marshall says he has enjoyed CMU and Illinois the best, saying, "I really liked those two. I talked to them the most. At CMU, I talked to Coach Jones and Coach Elder. They make you feel at home. Illinois was awesome, I got to talk to them about academics and what they can do to get you into that school. The want to see my linebacker film and show how good I can tackle and the intensity I showed in camp."
In a few short weeks, Marshall will have the opportunity to do that and the chips will fall from there and he is confident, they will fall in his favor.
"A lot of these schools are close to offering."