May 6, 2008

Frogs offer Kansas athlete

LaCrosse(KS) isn't your typical hotbed for college football recruiters. The town of about 1,200 has sent two players in recent years to Wyoming and Pittsburgh State, but no other player has received the kind of attention, atleast Division 1 attention that athlete Marshall Musil has at the tiny 2A school.

Just over a month ago the talented prospect held offers from Illinois State and Kansas. Since then the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder has added five more offers from the likes of TCU, Missouri, Kansas State, Colorado State and Louisville. Additional offers may soon follow as Musil is getting strong interest from other big time programs.

"I'm also hearing from Tulsa, Stanford, and Clemson," he said. "They're sending letters and calling, Iowa State is another school that is showing interest but they haven't offered."

Musil says he doesn't have a favorite at this point and says this is all new to him, especially coming from a small town.

"I don't have a favorite, not really," he said. "We're trying to evaluate them all, this is kind of new to us. We only have like 100 kids in our school and there really hasn't been this kind of attention, at least not since our coach has been here."

A four-year starter both ways for LaCrosse, Musil managed to have a stellar junior campaign by rushing the ball 87 times for 745 yards (8.56 YPC) and hauled in 13 catches for 283 yards, altogether scoring 17 touchdowns. He was equally effective on defense recording 51 tackles and 7 sacks. What's remarkable about his season was he only played in half the contests due to the scores getting so lopsided.

So, it's obvious that Musil can excel at both offense or defense and all the schools are taking that approach as they figure where he'll fit in best.

"A majority of the schools want me at linebacker," Musil said. "Kansas says they want me as a h-back or tight end type, any one of those."

So does Musil have a preference on what position he'll play at the next level?

"No, not right now," he said. "Not that I've thought about it so far either, I just want to play wherever I can to make the team successful and where I'll be the most successful. It's always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to play in the NFL so whatever helps me."

One team Musil plans to get more familiar with over the summer by making an unofficial visit is TCU. He admits he doesn't presently know much about the Frogs program but plans to change that once he comes to town.

"TCU offered about a week ago," he said. "I don't necessarily know a lot about them but I plan on making a visit this summer and get caught up on my stuff then. I've looked up some highlights of them that's on the internet. I'll also get to workout for them when I'm at the camp. Coach Fuente is the one recruiting me, he's the one I talk to when I call."

A strong family bond lead many to believe that Musil would like to stay close to home. However, he says distance won't be the primary factor he's looking at when picking a school.

"Really my family and me both want it to where they'll be able to come watch me play," Musil said. "But if I feel good about a team that's far then it won't matter that much. Distance won't be the deciding factor, I'm also looking at playing time, the facilities, but the coaching is the first thing I'm looking at."

Musil was a Central Prairie League unanimous pick at running back and defensive end as a junior. He was also selected to the Hays Daily News All-Area second-team in 2007.

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