Falls Church RB Dekwandre Marshall (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
Coming into his senior year, Dakwandre Marshall is set for big accomplishments
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Although small in stature, Dakwandre Marshall of Falls Church is arguably the biggest running back returning to the Northern Virginia gridiron this fall, and the most accomplished Class of 2019 offensive player not named Devyn Ford.
Marshall’s 2017 season produced a number of eye-popping stats, as the 5-7, 160-pound back lit up prep school fields as a rusher, receiver and electrifying return man for the 6-5 Jaguars. The junior ran for 1,988 yards and 17 TDs (with a 7.7 yards per carry average), caught 26 passes for 392 and three touchdowns, and ran back a number of kickoffs and punts for scores. Many of his highlight reels look the same – see Dakwandre run through a seam in the line, followed by a sea of opposing defenders, visible only by the numbers on their backs, chasing the big green “10” in the white jersey, or white “10” in the green jersey, depending on whether the game was home or away.
“He’s fast,” quips Jaguar lineman Jack Forsyth. “The film says everything.”
And standing along the sideline of his home field at Falls Church last Saturday at his school’s 7-on-7 Passing League and Tournament, Marshall added a bit of modesty to his testimony.
“I could have done better,” said Marshall, who amazingly, has only received one collegiate offer to date, from Morgan State. “I need to work on my upper body strength and get faster.”
Marshall dabbled in track, but now appears more focused on building his skills through his football team’s workout regimen and appearances at various camps. James Madison and possibly Temple are mentioned as his next possible stops.
Marshall’s willingness to help others in the weight room is innate. He is interested in studying kinesiology in college, and admits to liking the process that goes along with helping his teammates develop. His own goals for the 2018 season are few, but well defined.
“I don’t want to be brought down by one person,” said Marshall. “And I want to play mistake free and not fumble,” adding that fumbling is not currently a problem for him, but his goal is for zero.
“He needs to do extra things,” added Falls Church coach Said Aziz. “He will get better with the weight program they have wherever he goes next year. He’s young, only 18 or 19, and will learn with time.”
Marshall was impressive on Saturday, and he’ll take some weight off of the shoulders of new quarterback Conley Ku.
Ku will have large shoes to fill in replacing Luke Saia, who served as a rushing and passing double threat for the Jaguars, who made the 5A playoffs, but were drummed out (56-13) in the first round by John Champe.
But if Marshall is better next year? That would require almost 3,000 total yards and 30 touchdowns. If he gets there, expect Aziz’s Jaguars to be in good shape for a playoff return.
– Jim McGrath
Photos from the Falls Church 7v7 can be seen in our gallery here on recruitNoVA.com
Junior year highlights for Dakwandre Marshall