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Villanova CB transfer Devon Marshall commits to NC State

Wolfpack makes a key addition to the secondary

Syndication: Argus Leader Samantha Laurey / Argus Leader / USA TODAY NETWORK

After losing multi-year starting corners Aydan White and Shyheim Battle earlier in the week, NC State picked up a much-needed commitment on Thursday evening in the form of Villanova transfer Devon Marshall.

Marshall is a 6’0, 200 lbs corner who played in 22 games for the Wildcats over two seasons, including 14 starts. He started all 13 games of their 2023 season, which saw Villanova reach the FCS playoff semifinals before falling to #1 seed South Dakota State. Marshall registered 60 total tackles and 13 pass breakups in his time with the Wildcats, including 47 and 11, respectively, in 2023.

In addition to pursuit by the Wolfpack, Marshall also held transfer offers from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Houston, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and West Virginia.

The Boston native will have two years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Wolfpack for the 2024 season. As an under-recruited prep star, Marshall led his Catholic Memorial High School team to a 2021 Massachusetts state title (including making the game-sealing interception) while being the conference MVP. He was also the conference’s MVP in Track & Field in 2021.

In addition to his work as a corner, Marshall has experience on special teams, including blocking a punt in a 2022 game against Delaware.