Cassius Marsh a Seahawks Samurai

RENTON, Wash. --- Cassius Marsh was sitting with his pit bull "Boss" and watching "The Last Samurai" when the Seahawks called Saturday morning.

“I wasn’t even watching [the draft],” Marsh said on a conference call to his home in Simi Valley, California. “'The Last Samurai' is a classic.”

Maybe so for a guy who considers himself a warrior on the football field. Marsh, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end from UCLA, was Seattle’s first of three picks in the fourth round.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be coached by coach [Pete] Carroll and be part of the world champs,” Marsh said. “I have followed coach Carroll a long time and I know the Seahawks are huge on competing.

“That’s what I love. I just try to play with a lot passion and become a whole different animal on the field.”

Tyler Ramsey, Seattle’s West Coast scout, said that passion showed up every time he watched him.

“He plays with his hair on fire,” Ramsey said. “He’s all over the field, a lot like Mike Bennett.”

Marsh said he was recruited by Carroll at USC and made a private commitment to the Trojans, but switched to UCLA when he heard rumors that Carroll was leaving.

He was asked why his parents named him Cassius?

“My dad’s favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali [formerly Cassius Clay],’’ Marsh said. “And my mom liked it because in Greek it means strength. It’s a name that you have to live up to greatness. That’s why they gave it to me.”