LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Safety Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) has offers from schools such as Miami, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
The 6-foot, 194-pound athlete grew up rooting for the nearby Florida Gators, who just recently offered him a scholarship, but Marshall said there is another team out front.
"Florida State is standing out to me right now," Marshall said. "It's the connection I have with them. I have a really good relationship with coach [Jeremy] Pruitt.
"From the very first time I met him when I was in ninth grade and he was at Alabama, I always knew that he was really good dude and whatnot -- and when he went to Florida State, they just really jumped out to me."
Though FSU is squarely in lead for Marshall, he said he is still considering Florida.
"Yeah I still like Florida a little bit," he said. "I like that tradition there at Florida and I like Coach [Travaris] Robinson."
While the in-state programs might have his attention now, he is not opposed to leaving Florida to play college football.
"It's not that I'm focusing on the in-state schools because I would go out of state," he said, "but it's just where I'm at right now in my recruitment.”
As a junior, the talented safety accounted for 52 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six passes defensed and helped lead Columbia to an 11-2 record.
When asked to describe his playing style, Marhall's response is simple.
"I'm a playmaker," he said. "I just try to get the ball in my hands and when I get the ball I'm a playmaker. When the opportunity presents itself I'll be a playmaker."
At least one school agrees with Marshall's assessment about his ability with the ball in his hands. Despite playing only limited offensive snaps as a junior, Miami (Ohio) is recruiting Marshall to play on both sides of the ball.
Marshall, who prefers to play on defense, said he's looking for a few things when making a college decision -- which he could make as soon as the end of June.
"I'm looking for a good relationship with the other players and coaches," he said, "and then probably playing time as a freshman.