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Irish Recruiting Update

The biggest Notre Dame recruiting news of the week centered around Byron Marshall, who committed to Oregon on Tuesday night.

Marshall, a four-star running back and ESPNU's 129th overall prospect for the Class of 2012, had visited Notre Dame for the USC game last month and had the Irish in his final six. Note: Marshall had planned to visit Notre Dame for the USC game last month, but canceled the week of the game. He did have the Irish in his final six.

The San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian senior told our Greg Biggins that he had been thinking Ducks for a couple of weeks and believes he can succeed in their unique offense. Marshall committed to Oregon despite his older brother Cameron playing for Pac-12 rival Arizona State, though he said Oregon had emerged as his only leader recently.

“I always kept an open mind to all the schools and never favored anyone,” Marshall said. “I wanted to make the best decision for me without being influenced by where Cameron is at or anything like that. My goal was to really weigh all the schools against each other evenly and when I did that, Oregon came out on top.

“I really feel good about this decision and have total peace about it. I visited a lot of schools in the summer and took official visits to Washington and Arizona State as well. I have my official visit set to Oregon for next weekend and that will be the last visit I take. I’m very solid in my commitment and just really looking forward to being a Duck.”

Speaking of running backs with the last name Marshall, Millbrook (N.C.) High School's Keith Marhsall enjoyed his trip to Clemson last week for the Tigers' win over Wake Forest. The five-star running back and ESPNU's sixth overall prospect is expected to choose among Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame, Clemson and South Carolina in the first week of December, before enrolling early.

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