- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Speed is the name of the game for three-star defensive back Trey Marshall of Lake City (Fla.) Columbia, so it was no surprise that he decided to end the recruiting process early and was the first player to announce his decision Wednesday at The Opening.
The 6-foot, 196-pound Marshall, ranked as the nation’s No. 49 safety prospect, announced his decision for Florida State on ESPNU on Wednesday. He selected the Seminoles over offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He said his final two schools were Ole Miss and Florida State, but in the end, nothing could match what he saw in Tallahassee.
"I like their tradition,” Marshall said earlier in the week before his decision. “Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt and just the vibe between the players are incredible. How it was a couple years ago when they wasn't doing to good, the players weren't really together with the coaches. Now the players are around the coaches, and players stay around each other like a family.
“Being at a place that has that down-home family feel was very high in my decision.”
Marshall said he is 100 percent sure of his decision, but will still take all five of his official visits. At The Opening, he talked about still taking trips to FSU, Ole Miss, Georgia and Miami and was unsure of his final visit.
The addition of Marshall gives Florida State 16 commitments and bolsters a class that already ranks as the No. 5 group in the country.
The Seminoles have been on a run of defenders thus far in the class of 2014 -- including Marshall, FSU has seven defensive players committed. Not only are most of the players highly ranked -- such as fellow Opening star Kain Daub -- the defenders almost all have very good speed. That’s something Daub said will be important for the rest of the FSU class.
“We’re bringing a lot of speed to Tallahassee,” Daub said. “The coaches up there know that if you want to win championships, you have to be able to play with speed, and that’s why I’m excited to be going after guys like Marshall. That dude has some wheels.”
Marshall does for sure. He ran a blazing 4.34 40-yard-dash at the SPARQ national championship on Monday.
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