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Meet Crete-Monee DB Jayden Marshall Class Of 2026 - Name You Must Know

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Jayden Marshall Crete-Monee DB Class Of 2026 5'10 135

Jayden Marshall how was your freshman season?

My freshman season was great! I was a freshman playing varsity football as the starting corner on one of the best teams around, Crete Monee Warriors. I learned a lot on and off the field. I got to see how high school football is played and how much of a different environment it is from youth football. It's very different and it takes time to get used to. But it taught me a lot of things, not only about football, but also about myself. It came with a bunch of opportunities that many people don't get to experience. I really appreciate Coach Konecki and all my other coaches for that, and I appreciate all my teammates for making me feel welcome. Overall, this season was really great!

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

I believe my strongest trait on the football field is facing adversity and handling it well. Achieving difficult goals when people think you can't. I think my ability to perform under pressure and play ball when they odds are against me, and my team stand out.

What should college coaches know about you?

I think college coaches should know that I never quit. Once I start something I always finish it. I always give all my best effort, no matter the circumstances. I give my all for my team and I don't let mistakes get in my head or affect my game. I always find a way to bounce back on the next play and I continue to try my hardest for me and my teammates. I always listen to my coaches, and I work hard on and off the field. Even on my personal time, I am doing what I can to be better because that's what it takes to be great. If college coaches select me to be on their team, I want them to know they won't be disappointed.

What part of your game do you plan on working on in the offseason?

A part of my game I want to work on is definitely my physical strength and also my weight. I want to get bigger and stronger. I want to build more muscle. If i stay in the weight room and eat right, I can get to where I want to be physically. I also want to get faster. I ran track last year and place in the top 2 in Illinois, but I know I can be even faster. So, I will be working on that also.

What was one of your favorite memories this season?

My favorite memory this season was beating Kankakee. Me and my team came out and performed the way we were coached to. Our defense came out and played hard. Our offense executed well and scored us points. Our special teams came out in a big way. I had a good matchup lined up against me, but I had a good number of breakups and also tackles. This game gave me a lot of confidence and people were able to see how well I can play. I have been able to play against D1 seniors all season but playing the way I did that night with my teammates for the conference championship was a great experience that I will never forget. That is my favorite memory this year.

What is your dream school to play for?

My dream school to play for is Michigan. I've always loved them and the way they played. They also aren't too far from my home. The weather is very similar to what I'm used to, so I think I'd be good with the conditions there. Right now, Michigan seems like the place I want to be.

What goals do you have for yourself next season?

My goals for myself next season are to better myself in every aspect. I want to be that person the opposing team fears. I want to be an even better hitter, but I also want to cover better. I want to be bigger, stronger, smarter and faster. I want to learn as much as I can from my coaches. I want to improve in any way I can, so I can play at my best every game.

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