His offer list was impressive - with Purdue, Duke and Wake Forest among the schools looking to lure Bilal Marshall to their campus. On Wednesday afternoon, the 6-3, 175-pound Dade Christian quarterback made his decision.
“Kansas is the perfect fit for me,” Marshall said after deciding where he will spend his future. “The coaches, direction of the program and the opportunity to make a difference.”
Chosen by Friday Night Football Magazine as the pre-season All-Miami Dade quarterback, Marshall is a three year starter for the Crusaders, elevating the program in a major way.
Marshall visited Kansas this past weekend, not sure what he would find when arriving. But after the weekend, his mind was made up.
“Coach (Robert) Wimberley has been great,” Marshall said of the Kansas assistant who had been recruiting him. “In fact, the entire coaching staff was great.”
Kansas coaches had been around during the spring, sending two coaches to the Crusaders spring game against Delray Village Academy. It was a game in which he showcased his skills as a run/pass quarterback.
“Bilal is a very special young man,” said Dade Christian head coach Mike Sonneborn. “This is someone who is truly a perfect fit for what Kansas does.”
An outstanding student in the classroom, the trip to Lawrence wasn’t all about football and the Jayhawks. Marshall had the chance to see what the school has to offer in the way of a degree, and he was impressed.
“I am going to be studying Kinesiology,” Marshall explained. “Kansas has a tremendous program for that, which is tremendous.”
Dade Christian safety/running back Ryan Janvion is also being looked at by a number of BCS schools.