AJC Super 11 candidate: Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released next month before the kickoff of the 2010 season)

The AJC Super 11 candidate: Wilcox County QB-DB Nick Marshall

The skinny: The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Marshall is considered the state’s No. 1 QB prospect but is going to UGA to play DB. Last year as a junior, Marshall led Wilcox County to the Class A championship, passing for 2,956 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was named as the AJC’s Class A Offensive Player of Year.

Colleges: Marshall, who has drawn comparisons to 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, committed to UGA on a football scholarship in June after reportedly being a “silent commitment” to archrival Georgia Tech. Marshall agreed to play defensive back at Georgia, which will allow him to also play basketball for the Bulldogs. He had dozen of major-college scholarships offers in both football and basketball — without having to agree to play the other sport.

They said it: “[Marshall] is something special. He’s the best I’ve ever seen, simply the best we’ve ever played.” — Savannah Christian coach Donald Chumley to MaxPreps.

The lowdown: Last year, the state of Georgia had its best QB crop in more than a decade, led by Flowery Branch’s Connor Shaw (signed with South Carolina) and Lassiter’s Hutson Mason (UGA). But it was the junior from Wilcox County who had the strongest arm. He wasn’t as polished as Shaw and others, but wow does he have a rocket-launcher for an arm. Nick makes throws, especially on famously tough “deep-out pattern” passes, that are the envy of college quarterbacks. Have you ever seen Nick throw deep? His coach says he can chuck it 80 yards in the air, and he does it with a simple flick of the wrist. Nick still has a lot to learn about fundamentals and technique at the QB position, if he were to play it in college. He is able to get away with it now because he makes smart decisions and is almost always the best athlete on the field. Nick’s No. 1 quality is a gifted arm. No. 2 is his competitiveness. He always wants to be on the field, and has a talent for making big plays, even on defense after playing all those downs on offense.

If it was completely my vote: Yes. Nick may be the state’s best overall two-sport athlete, and already led his team to a state championship with one season left to play. With Marshall at QB, Wilcox County is the heavy favorite to repeat as Class A state champions. For me personally, it’s a bummer that Marshall won’t be playing QB at the college level. I can understand his reasons for switching to DB, but I’d still like to see what he could do at QB on Saturdays.

NoteThe AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall? Please post below.

Video of Nick Marshall playing DB, and returning an interception 95 yards for a TD ….

27 comments Add your comment

heeldawg

July 14th, 2010
4:12 am

Wow. I think I’m first!

Marshall is, too–at least at QB….

Thenumber34

July 14th, 2010
5:59 am

I’m happier to have him on the basketball court than on the football field. Also hear that he’s a good kid.

Big Doug

July 14th, 2010
6:22 am

Nick Marshall is a legit Super 11 player. He was the fun to watch last year in the play offs.

Not saying he can't throw it 80 yards...

July 14th, 2010
7:01 am

…but no one can do that with just a “flick of the wrist”… sure hope he remains level headed and out of the headlines (except for sports accomplishments), unlike the LeMay kid from Charlotte…

JOHN MITCHELL

July 14th, 2010
8:08 am

Nick Marshall said he was NEVER a silent to the bumblebees. I realize that this would be as close as the bumblebees have gotten to a 4 star recruit this year but please tell the truth. I just don’t understand why you have to lie for the bees.

Paddy

July 14th, 2010
8:10 am

not saying 80 yrds…MV could. It hurt just to type his 2 initials.

Paul in RDU

July 14th, 2010
10:54 am

There’s plenty of information here on him as a QB. However, he’s going to be a DB at UGA – what is he like at that position?

cane fan

July 14th, 2010
1:55 pm

good luck nick, cant wait to scrimmage this fall fitzgerald has a outstanding qb also will be interesting, anyhow i hopoe you stay healthy and will be interesting to see you all play charlton.

Vick=Dog killing thug

July 14th, 2010
2:35 pm

Nick is the MAN !

destin dawg

July 14th, 2010
2:56 pm

I heard he loves to intercept passes…. good for Nick .. he can play BBall too.. proud to be a bulldawg !!!

FromtheBARstool

July 14th, 2010
3:09 pm

sit not sure he will be a Dawg until he signs on the line. Vandy will be getting a new coach. Nesbit will be leaving Tech.

Bulldog59

July 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

I’m just glad he is a Dawg, wherever he plays.

H.S. Coach

July 14th, 2010
3:30 pm

Nick Marshall will not be going to Vandy.

Glory Glory

July 14th, 2010
4:55 pm

This kid should make Tech fans absolutely CRINGE. And that makes me smile.

1. He decides that Mickey Mouse offense Tech runs is BS, like everybode else outside of the Atlanta ghetto, and choses to plat DB fir the Big Brother school instead.

2. He sites Basketball as a factor in coming to the Big Brother school. If that doesn’t show you where Paul Hewitt’s program stands…. HAHAHA!!!!

GT”s Pauls (Johnson and Hewitt), a complete JOKE

GO DAWGS!!!!!

dooley

July 14th, 2010
5:15 pm

Glory, glory to red panties.
Glory, glory to red panties.
Glory, glory to red panties and drunk young women in Hotlanta!

Glory Glory

July 14th, 2010
5:20 pm

Dooley,

I’m willing to bet it all you have NEVER seen red panties outside of your mother dragging you through the JCPenny for her to get her super-sag-support bras.

If you Nerds think throwing a red panties joke out is insulting, you are only setting yourself up for further humiliation.

You will die s virgin.

Whistle Blower

July 14th, 2010
8:40 pm

He can catch, run, throw, and dunk. Oh yeah, he can’t pass the GA high school graduation test. He may be a bulldog but it will be a GMC bulldog.

SD Dawg

July 14th, 2010
11:00 pm

Not sure what he looks like playing QB, but that one clip shows that he is a man amongst boys. Who knows, he may very end up at QB. Look at the attrition we are experiencing now.

Michael Carvell

July 14th, 2010
11:01 pm

@SD Dawg, I haven’t talked to anyone at UGA but my gut instinct tells me that Nick Marshall takes snaps at QB in college. He has got a stronger arm than anyone on the current UGA or Georgia Tech roster. I’m guessing that Nick will play DB but be pulled over to offense for a few plays per game just to the change the pace, like a Branden Smith, Darren McFadden, etc. I’m very high on Aaron Murray, despite his lackluster performance in the G-Day Game. However, the thing about Aaron is that he plays QB as if he was a LB — very aggressive. Because of that, there is no way he makes it through an entire SEC schedule with getting banged and bruised up. Then you have Logan Gray the punt returner. I’m undecided on Lassiter’s Hutson Mason. He flourished in a specialized offense (or what some others have called a “gimmick” offense) in high school. It will be interesting to see how he adapts in college. I think Georgia is in big trouble if Mason takes a snap this season. The best thing about Hutson is his relentless hard work and wonderful attitude. He also doesn’t seem to have “I better play by my sophomore year or I’m transferring” ego that you see with the more highly recruited QBs, which benefits UGA. I see Mason being another Joe Cox, in being a guy who will finish out at Georgia regardless of the football situation and ultimately be rewarded with playing time. Back to Marshall: There’s just something that bums me out about the state’s No. 1 QB going to college to play DB. But hey, there was this All-State QB at Creekside several years ago who made the same switch, and everything turned out great for him. Eric Berry, 1st rounder (5th overall), NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Rocky Mountain Bulldog

July 15th, 2010
8:19 am

I have relatives who live in Nicks area, of Georgia.
They told me that this kid is really a special athlete and a good kid!!

jasont13

July 15th, 2010
9:57 am

Hey Whistleblower. Where do you get your information? If Tech was recruiting him then academics is no problem.

theprincipal

July 15th, 2010
3:57 pm

Hey Jasont13. You can have all A’s and still not pass the GA High School Graduation Test.

Dawg Fan

July 18th, 2010
6:08 pm

Nothing really changes with these nerd-nats. Go ahead and continue to hate on UGA while your win continues to get smaller and smaller in the rear view mirror.

Glad to have you aboard Nick. I have a strong feeling you are going to be a Damn Good Dawg!

patriot

July 19th, 2010
11:38 am

Nick Marshall as a junior took a smallish Wilcox County team through three undefeated teams(Greenville, Wesleyan, and Savannah Christian) to win the state championship as a darkhorse. He is elusive, hard to catch, and can throw downfield a catchable ball. He is a good defensive back but don’t be surprised to see him play some quaterback at UGA. There has been only one Herschel and I can’t remember if Johnson County won Class A State, but Nick has played the best in A and done well, as did Herschel and Garrison Hurst.

Pow wow

July 20th, 2010
2:09 pm

Please UGA! No more arrest. Please.

Caleb Powell

July 29th, 2010
10:44 pm

Watch out Wilcox Co! There are some Charlton County Indians headed your way this year! Should be an awsome Single A Game!

jeff

August 6th, 2010
11:58 pm

im from wilcox, my son is a patriot and nick is the real deal, btw…. nice rings too lol