Wash Top Backer; Skyview (Vancouver) LB Jabari Marshall

While helping to lead his team to the 4A State Championship game, Skyview (Vancouver, Wa.) LB Jabari Marshall showed the instincts, speed and athleticism necessary to be a recruit that schools are looking for. He has yet to haul in his first offer, but he does have quite a few college coaches letting him know they like what he brings to the table and is a player they have their eyes on this spring…

“I’ve been hearing from a lot of schools,” Marshall told Northwest Elite Index recently. “University of Puget Sound, Eastern Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Idaho, Wisconsin, USC, Stanford and Ivy League schools like Harvard, Cornell, Yale and Princeton too.

“I visited Princeton, Yale and Cornell over the past weekend and I’m going to be heading down to California to see Stanford, UCLA and USC to check those schools out later this month. I’m going to see Stanford during their Junior Day, and the other two I’m just going to go visit and maybe watch some practices, I’m not really sure yet.”

As a junior this past season, the 6-2, 195-pounder used his outstanding instincts and sure-tackling to post over 60 tackles, two sacks and four forced fumbles.

Even with that productivity, Marshall knows he’s got a lot of work to do to get ready to play college football and that includes putting on some weight.

“I’m eating about 8,000 calories a day,” Marshall said with a chuckle. “It’s all good stuff, usually stuff my mom prepares for me, not fast food or anything and I’m trying to put on some size and muscle. I want to play at around 205 (pounds) this fall, so I still have 10 pounds to put on.”

Russell said he, along with some of his teammates, plan to take in the Barton Combine being held in Vancouver next month and have been mainstays at the Barton camps this offseason.

We will continue to keep track of Marshall’s progress and will update news as it happens with him.