DALLAS — Terrace Marshall Jr. has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s premier wide receiver talents in the Class of 2018, yet he doesn’t believe that his recruitment has really taken off.
The 5-star prospect from Parkway High School (Bossier City, La.) saw his offer sheet expand to double-digits (14 schools) during a standout spring, where he procured offers from SEC powers such as Arkansas and Texas A&M, as well as Miami and Baylor, among numerous others.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound receiver — ranked No. 2 overall at his position in the class — already held offers from LSU and Alabama, but is waiting for the dead period to expire in September to see which schools follow through on their overtures in this spring.
“It was a great, great experience, but it’s still earily,” Marshall told SEC Country. “I’m just going to be a junior and I’m really excited about getting all of those offers. Some, I was really surprised by. But nobody is standing out right now; everyone is equal to start. I’m just waiting to see after Sept. 1 when they start talking to me like they really want me, so I’m just waiting until then to see who talks to me like they really want me. I’m waiting until then to see who shows the most interest.”
Marshall, the top overall prospect from Louisiana in next year’s recruiting class, is confident that certain schools are going to pay him the most attention this fall.
LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor and TCU are among the schools that the elite prospect expects to follow through after extending offers in recent months.
Marshall has already made several visits to the nearby Baton Rouge, La., campus, where a stop this spring led to him developing a bond with LSU’s new wide receivers coach.
“Coach (Dameyune) Craig and I — we are slowly building a good relationship, and we’ll see how that goes in the future,” Marshall explained. “I went there the first day he reported to LSU. I was on a visit. That’s when we met up and I talked to him then in his office and he had some good things to say. He told me I had good size and to keep working hard and perfecting my craft.”
Marshall has certainly done as much, and got a chance to see Craig again when LSU held its augural satellite camp in nearby Shreveport, La., at the start of the summer.
In addition to LSU, Marshall believes both the Razorbacks and Aggies will make a push for his services this fall, and could envision entertaining both of those SEC West powers.
“Coach (Michael) Smith is a good man. We talk every now and then, and I think he would be a good wide receivers coach, so they (Arkansas) are in consideration,” Marshall said of the Razorbacks.
As for the Aggies: “I feel like I went to A&M, I would get the ball, so they’re in consideration, too.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.