Marshall Commits to Richt and Fox

Marshall Commits to Richt and Fox

ATHENS - The top athlete in the state will be playing both basketball and football at Georgia.

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"Nick Marshall has committed to play for Georgia as a defensive back," Wilcox County head coach Mark Ledford said late Tuesday night.

Marshall's commitment makes for Georgia's 11th for the class of 2011. The in-state pledge adds another name to the list dubbed by Mark Richt as the 'Dream Team.'


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"He and his mother called Coach Richt and told him that he was committed to Georgia," Ledford added.

Marshall was originally offered by Georgia as a quarterback, but with the commitment of Christian Lemay, the Bulldogs had a greater need in the defensive secondary.

"It was really out of the blue. Coach Richt called me a couple of weeks ago, re-offering him as a defensive back," Ledford added. "I think Nick has been thinking about it for a few weeks."

After thinking his recruiting situation over, and taking into account his chance to also play basketball at the college level, Marshall decided to pull the trigger late Tuesday night.

"We have been talking all day today about it," Ledford said. "They talked to Coach Richt tonight and let him know that he wanted to play defensive back and basketball."

Marshall is considered the #9 overall football player in Georgia and is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com. He helped lead Wilcox County to the state title in football and a semifinal berth in the state basketball playoffs.

"Nick and his mom left our workout today and decided to talk about it for a while - to decide what he wants to do. When they decided that's what they wanted to do they called Coach Richt and did it."

Considered one of the top, if not the top athlete in the state, Marshall will be under a football scholarship even thought he will play both sports.

"He's 6-2, 190 pounds… he's a pretty good-looking corner. Nick just felt like Georgia was the place that he wanted to go," Ledford concluded.

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