While playing football, Andrew Marsh has always followed a specific saying that came from his mother – you always have to work on your craft, because to be the best, you have to work like the best.
This mindset has helped Marsh acquire more than 20 offers from some of the top FBS programs in the country. The list now includes 2023 Rose Bowl champion Penn State, from which Marsh announced he received an offer via his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.
More than I can ever imagine is happening I’m Blessed to receive an Offer from @PennStateFball ! @coachjfranklin @Coach_Yurcich @coachmhagans pic.twitter.com/F1m4w1bSu2
— Andrew T. Marsh – aTm3 (@AndrewaTmMarsh) January 25, 2023
Being invited to join the Nittany Lions excited Marsh, as he recalled watching former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley’s standout career inside Beaver Stadium.
“Getting an offer from a school like them is very good for me,” Marsh said. “Penn State has always been one of the top teams in the country. It really makes me feel confident in myself when a big school like that takes the time to talk to me.”
Coaches from Penn State have already paid Marsh a visit at Jordan High School in Fulshear, Texas. Marsh said he plans to eventually return the favor and make a trip to University Park.
“It’s definitely a great compliment,” Marsh said of the visit. “It’s really cool that a school is showing so much interest that they made a trip basically halfway across the country from Pennsylvania. It really sticks out.”
Marsh has been getting looks from many other Power Five schools despite only being a sophomore. He has been on multiple visits close to his hometown, including Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, TCU and Houston, while also going out to Oregon, Ohio State, LSU and Michigan State.
Marsh said he enjoys the entire recruiting process, but understands that garnering this much attention could easily go to his head.
“I just have to try and stay humble,” Marsh said. “It hasn’t really been overwhelming since I have a lot of great people behind me. It’s always been a dream of mine to play Division I football, and being with my family, getting to travel with them and have them share this experience with me is one thing that makes it great.”
Marsh is well on his way to being a standout player at his future home.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver led Jordan in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. Marsh tallied 31 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns in eight games in 2021. In 10 games this past fall, he hauled in 53 passes for 845 yards and 11 scores.
Marsh holds a four-star rating on Rivals and 24/7 Sports and is ranked as one of the Top 15 athletes in Texas. With two more years to prepare for college football, he plans for both to be a grind.
“There’s always going to be someone better than you,” Marsh said. “There’s always going to be someone bigger, someone faster, someone stronger. That just means I have to keep working hard and learn the game better.
“Whatever my future holds, I want there to be a setup for my family because I know football doesn’t last forever. I want to to whatever I can to help them out because of everything they’re doing for me. I’ll always be grateful for that.”