IU adds 24th commitment

Antonio Marshall wants it to be known first that he doesn’t fit the stereotype of the cornerback that plays on the perimeter because he fears contact. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has been in on a combined 82 tackles the last two seasons, eight for loss, and he makes it clear that he’s enjoyed every one of them.

“I’m very physical,” Marshall said. “I like playing to the field. I always come up and help on the run. I’m not your average cornerback.”

Indiana is in need of as many players like that as the Hoosiers can get, as they were horrid both against the run and the pass last season. Marshall, who spent 2010 at Iowa Western Community College, then 2011 at Georgia Military College, believes he can help and became the 24th member of Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class. He is the eighth recruit from the junior college ranks and has the sixth JUCO player to go ahead and sign with the Hoosiers.
Marshall said he was also considering Kansas, Iowa State, Washington State, Alabama-Birmingham, Tennessee State and South Alabama. He said he was sold on Indiana, however, after visiting on the weekend of Dec. 10 when he watched the Indiana men’s basketball team upset Kentucky.

“It’s a family environment,” Marshall said. “Everyone’s real close. That’s big with where you want to go to school. I kind of got that vibe when I first got there.”

Marshall is the fourth junior college defensive back in the class, joining cornerback commit Shaine Boyle and hybrid safety/corners Tregg Waters and Ryan Thompson, both also early signees.

Marshall recorded two interceptions last season and took them both back for touchdowns.

“I really feel like I can shut down my side of the field,” he said.