A Chat with Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall is undoubtedly one of the top high school football players in the country regardless of position. He received a Michigan offer a few weeks ago and recently answered a few questions for UMGoBlog.

Sean O’Connell: I know you have a bunch of offers, would you mind naming a few of them?

Keith Marshall: “I have offers from most of the ACC and SEC schools.  I also have offers from schools like USC, Cal, Penn State, and Notre Dame.”

Sean O’Connell: What were your stats last season?

Keith Marshall: “1600 yards and 18 TD’s in 10 games.”

Sean O’Connell: Did you grow up pulling for a certain college team? If so, will this factor in on your decision?

Keith Marshall: “Yes. I liked a few different teams growing up but that won’t play a major role in my decision.”

Sean O’Connell: What are the main qualities that you will look for in a school?

Keith Marshall: “I look at the overall direction the football program is headed in, as well as the academic program.”

Sean O’Connell: Will location be a major factor for you?

Keith Marshall: “No.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you have a top list of schools yet? If not, when do you expect to narrow your list?

Keith Marshall: “No, I plan on narrowing down my list this summer.”

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A Chat With ’12 Recruit Grant Bays

Grant Bays is a 2012 prospect from Oceanside, CA. He will be one of the many highly recruited offensive linemen on the left coast next season and was kind enough to answer a few questions for UMGoBlog.

Grant Bays 2012 Recruiting Profile


Sean O’Connell: Could I have your current height and weight?

Grant Bays: “6’3.5″ 290 lbs. 5.0.”

Sean O’Connell: How has your season been going so far?

Grant Bays: “We are 7-2  with 5 (now 6)  straight wins. Our first loss was against nationally ranked Servite out here.”

Sean O’Connell: What positions do you play?

Grant Bays: “Starting as a left tackle on offense and nose tackle on defense. Last year, varsity center.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you prefer one position over the other?

Grant Bays: “I hope to play center again. I think that’s where my college and pro position will be.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you been receiving any mail from schools yet?

Grant Bays: “A lot from UCLA, USC, Northwestern, Duke, Boston College and Stanford. Went to meet coaches and see games at UCLA, USC and Stanford so far.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you received any verbal offers yet?

Grant Bays: “No.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your strengths as a football player and what do you need to work on?

Grant Bays: “I’m a natural athlete, very quick for a big dude. I was a division one/mid-round pitching prospect before giving up baseball. Weaknesses would be learning plays.”

Sean O’Connell: I know that you have a year or so of high school left, but have you thought about what you want to study at college?

Grant Bays: “Environmental sciences or computer/graphic arts /sound productions.”

Sean O’Connell: Is distance from home going to be a significant factor when you choose a school?

Grant Bays: “Sort of. I would miss my mom and my friends, but I want to go to a school with lots of history and traditions.”

Sean O’Connell: What are you looking for in a college? When you sit down with your folks to make that final choice, what are the main factors that you will consider?
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