BEAVERTON, Ore. — Terrace Marshall Jr. was very careful before he unveiled his final four.
The nation’s No. 1 wide receiver named LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and Miami as the final quartet of teams he’ll be deciding from on Dec. 22. TCU was the notable exception.
Marshall released his final four within weeks of his teammate and best friend, Justin Rogers, announcing his verbal commitment to the Horned Frogs. The 5-star wide receiver informed Rogers of his decision to exclude TCU because he does not view the Horned Frogs as one of the best landing spots for him.
“Basically, after just talking it over with my family, (excluding TCU) was one of the best decisions for me,” Marshall said on Thursday at Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Oregon.
Rogers, a 4-star dual-threat prospect from Parkway (La.) High School, has continued to court Marshall.
That has led the TCU coaching staff to continue to push for Marshall. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound wideout has not completely closed off communication but reiterated they were not among his finalists for a reason.
“You know, they’re still obviously pushing for me,” he said. “My quarterback is committed so I’m not going to ignore them. I’m acknowledging them and we’ll see how it plays out in the end.”
Marshall’s decision to leave TCU out of his final four opened up for a grouping comprised of Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and Miami.
LSU was expected to make the list. But why?
“I feel like those schools that I choose … those are the best schools for me,” said Marshall.