Dawgs Narrowly Top Tigers for Marshall
Keith Marshall
Posted Dec 6, 2011

Raleigh, N.C. – Georgia will sign the top-ranked running back in the country for the second recruiting class in a row.

Running back Keith Marshall picked the Bulldogs over Clemson at a ceremony at Millbrook High School on Tuesday.

“When I was in seventh grade watching Knowshon Moreno, I knew that I wanted to go to Georgia,” he said.

Scout.com lists Marshall as a five-star running back prospect and the No. 5 overall prospect in the country.

Georgia coach Mark Richt welcomed the news, according to Marshall. Richt told the running back he was so excited that he was going to “go run five miles” after speaking to Marshall on the phone just before the commitment ceremony took place.

Richt should have a burst of energy from the news that Marshall is headed to Athens. The Bulldogs struggled with injuries and suspensions at the tailback spot this season — Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Richard Samuel all missed time at running back while hurt or suspended.

Marshall’s family was pleased with his decision to pick the Bulldogs.

“We felt very comfortable with the Georgia staff and the players,” said Keith’s mother Denise Marshall. “We’ve always told Keith that success is who you are versus what you do.”

“Its easy when you have a kid like Keith – he’s motivated,” added Keith’s father Warren.

Marshall carries a 4.29 grade point average and plans to major in business. Marshall is well known for his speed on the field.

But the Bulldogs nearly came away empty-handed Tuesday.

“I was kind of leaning toward Clemson Monday night,” Marshall admitted following the announcement.

As late as Monday, Marshall said he considered delaying the planned announcement until after Christmas – choosing to enroll in July rather than and January.

But the running back decided that Georgia really was the place he’d wanted to go to for so long.

“Georgia was in my heart,” he said.

Marshall’s commitment means the Bulldogs have two of the top five overall players in the country committed to them. Marshall joins Jacksonville, Fla. native John Theus – also a five-star prospect – as the two most talented prospects on the Bulldogs’ commitment list.

Five-star RB Keith Marshall as he picks Georgia over Clemson in front of a packed house. (Fletcher Page/Dawg Post)

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