Notre Dame Football: Keith Marshall

Irish Lunch Links

December, 7, 2011
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Nets-Magic same night as Champs Sports Bowl. At least we think Dwight Howard will be there.

Irish Recruiting Update

November, 17, 2011
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The biggest Notre Dame recruiting news of the week centered around Byron Marshall, who committed to Oregon on Tuesday night.

Marshall, a four-star running back and ESPNU's 129th overall prospect for the Class of 2012, had visited Notre Dame for the USC game last month and had the Irish in his final six. Note: Marshall had planned to visit Notre Dame for the USC game last month, but canceled the week of the game. He did have the Irish in his final six.

The San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian senior told our Greg Biggins that he had been thinking Ducks for a couple of weeks and believes he can succeed in their unique offense. Marshall committed to Oregon despite his older brother Cameron playing for Pac-12 rival Arizona State, though he said Oregon had emerged as his only leader recently.

“I always kept an open mind to all the schools and never favored anyone,” Marshall said. “I wanted to make the best decision for me without being influenced by where Cameron is at or anything like that. My goal was to really weigh all the schools against each other evenly and when I did that, Oregon came out on top.

“I really feel good about this decision and have total peace about it. I visited a lot of schools in the summer and took official visits to Washington and Arizona State as well. I have my official visit set to Oregon for next weekend and that will be the last visit I take. I’m very solid in my commitment and just really looking forward to being a Duck.”

Speaking of running backs with the last name Marshall, Millbrook (N.C.) High School's Keith Marhsall enjoyed his trip to Clemson last week for the Tigers' win over Wake Forest. The five-star running back and ESPNU's sixth overall prospect is expected to choose among Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame, Clemson and South Carolina in the first week of December, before enrolling early.

Also from this past week:

Irish recruiting update

November, 3, 2011
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Notre Dame lost David Perkins on Monday. Does it need to worry about other commits?

Our Greg Biggins writes that Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry enjoyed their official visits to Arizona State this past weekend. The Irish might need to make another strong impression on the cousins, who are considered a package deal, during the next contact period.

Shepard, an ESPNU 150 corner from Central (Calif.) High School, committed to the Irish in March, two months before Greenberry, an ESPNU 150 receiver from Washington Union (Calif.).

Among uncommitted players, Keith Marshall is not tipping his hand, though Notre Dame is in his top five.

Meanwhile, our Jared Shanker caught up with Middletown (Ohio) junior athlete Jalin Marshall, who was in town for the Irish's loss to USC. Notre Dame has offered Marshall, who was also up in the summer and has come away loving the place.

Irish recruiting update

October, 27, 2011
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What, no commitments yet?

As our Jared Shanker points out, that's rarely the case in the immediate aftermath of a big weekend, and Notre Dame has little reason to worry after last Saturday's showcase. Insider

Good news could be on the way soon, however, with four-star wide receiver Jordan Payton. After seeing Notre Dame up-close this past weekend, Payton delayed his originally scheduled Tuesday announcement.

Payton, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wideout from Oaks Christian (Calif.) High School, is deciding between the Irish and Michigan at the moment.

The second-thoughts of Irish commit Chris Brown, a three-star wideout from Hannahan (S.C.) High School, seemed to have died down a bit as well.

Shanker compiled a list of reactions to this weekend from all over the country, as the Irish brought in recruits from seemingly everywhere.

Among the highlights:

Last-minute links

October, 21, 2011
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Before you turn off for the weekend, here are a few more worthwhile items on this weekend's game:

Irish recruiting update

October, 20, 2011
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As our Jared Shanker says, all eyes will be on South Bend this weekend Insider.

At least six uncommitted ESPNU 150 players will be in town for Notre Dame's first home night game in 21 years, and each player is on ESPNU's list of top uncommitted prospects Insider.

At least three juniors will be checking out the atmosphere against USC, too.

The Irish held steady this week in ESPNU's class rankings, at 11th overall. That would likely change with a strong showing this weekend.

By Shanker's count, the following are expected to be in town Saturday.

Class of 2012 prospects:
Ifeadi Odenigbo*
Zach Banner*
Shaq Thompson*
Byron Marshall*
Keith Marshall*
Arik Armstead*
John Theus* (Georgia commit)
Ishmael Adams
Brian Poole* (Florida commit)
Ronnie Stanley
Bryce Treggs*
Justin Ferguson*
Deontay Greenberry*
Tee Shepard*
John Turner
Scott Daly
Romeo Okwara
Mark Harrell

2013:
Kyle Kempt
Adam Breneman
Matt Alviti
Ethan Pocic
Richard Benjamin

*denotes ESPNU 150 player

As Irish recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin said Tuesday, there are only 24 hours a day, and he will need plenty of caffeine this weekend.

Not a bad problem to have.

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