Ara Atayan of New York Class C state finalist Bronxville became the first Class of 2017 commit when he verballed to the University of North Carolina on Sept. 29.

Now, we have another, and this one, comes from far beyond the tristate region.

Christian Marshall, a two-way midfielder from Las Vegas, had no shortage of college options, as you would expect.

But when it came time to make his choice, he decided staying out west is best, giving a verbal commitment to Air Force.

The 5-foot-10, 150-pound Marshall is an athletic and versatile righty who also plays attack. His versatility carries over to the football field, where he’s a varsity starter at punt returner, defensive back, and all special teams, and also sees time at running back.

Marshall plays for both the West Coast Starz as well as the Vegas Starz High School Elite travel program.

recruiting_updateNow, here’s a Q&A with Christian on his commitment.

What were the main factors in your decision?
I have always been interested in a service academy and I never thought that dream would come true. Also, it’s pretty close to home.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I did get a chance to visit Michigan earlier this year. I was also interested in Notre Dame and Navy.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’d say my strengths as a player would be my speed and ability to dodge and create offense, I also enjoy playing D.

What area of your game do you need to work on?
I think that I could continue to improve my shooting.

How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
I got introduced to lacrosse like many other West Coast players. I just happened to have friends that started to play, so I thought it would be something interesting to do for a spring sport to keep in shape.

What showcase events did you participate in?
I’ve been to all the west coast LXMATS Adrenaline events throughout last summer and winter.

Any final thoughts?
The list goes on forever for the people who have helped me in lacrosse.

First, I’d like to thank everyone at the Starz and Adrenaline organizations for supplying all the tournaments, giving me the chance to play West Coast Starz, and having coaches that truly care about each individual.

Also, I’d like to thank all the coaches and mentors in the Vegas lacrosse community, especially Gary Campo (Vegas Starz coach), that have helped me build my skills from absolutely nothing to what they have developed to now.

Lastly, my parents have been the most important part. There are not enough words to explain how much my parents have helped me through not only lacrosse but also everything in life. My parents have supported me through everything from not having the best tournament to making my decision to go to USAFA.

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