A return to old-school mentality with latest ‘Dream Team’ member

Nick Marshall (left) decided he'd rather play defense at UGA than quarterback at Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Nick Marshall (left) decided he'd rather play defense at UGA than quarterback at Georgia Tech. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

After Christian LeMay committed to Georgia, many recruitnik types were writing off Mark Richt’s chances to sign Nick Marshall of Wilcox County, the state’s top-rated quarterback prospect.

So it was certainly a pleasant surprise to see that Marshall not only had committed to the Dogs, but as a defensive back, with plans to walk on with Mark Fox’s roundball Dogs as well.

And on top of that ESPN says he previously was a “silent” commitment at QB to Georgia Tech but decided he’d rather play defense at Georgia!

Pretty sweet, assuming all goes according to plan and he winds up enrolling in Athens.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the opportunity to play basketball for what looks to be an up and coming program that’s starting to generate some excitement might have played a bigger part in Marshall’s decision than a lot of folks think. But I’m sure Richt pitching this year’s UGA recruiting class as a “Dream Team” of the top in-state players also was a factor.

If Marshall does stick to defense, he’ll be part of a grand tradition. A lot of fine defensive backs at Georgia have been former quarterbacks over the years. Back in the Vince Dooley days, the thinking was that the QB was usually the best athlete on a team, so you’d sign up a bunch of them and then figure out where you wanted them to play.

Nowadays, there seems to be less of that as kids grow up watching “SportsCenter” and planning their careers as NFL quarterbacks and don’t want to let anything slow them down, including spending time backing up another QB. Thus the start-me-or-I-might-transfer mentality.

The idea of a top-rated high school quarterback being willing to play defense in order to sign with his state school is refreshing.

And, of course, if something down the road happens that gives Richt the need of another quarterback, well, he’ll have a prospect already on the roster.

I’m really liking the direction Richt is going with his recruiting this year. Now, if he can just land another couple of top receivers. …

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nickz

June 9th, 2010
11:18 am

The Mole

June 9th, 2010
11:19 am

Intelligent Fanatacism

nickz

June 9th, 2010
11:20 am

Haven’t seen him play “roundball” yet, but it’s getting harder and harder not to be excited about both the Football and the Basketball program next year!

Dual SEC Championships in Football and Basketball in 2010???? Maybe so….it’s certainly not so far-fetched any more…

JET

June 9th, 2010
11:26 am

A little surprised that he “committed” so early AND that he wants to play DB, but it is certainly encouraging for sure! I hope that all of these “dream team” guys stick with the commit and come to Athens. However, we need to start loading up on some big guys on the lines soon or we’ll be in the same boat as past years with questionable line numbers.

GO DAWGS!

JB

June 9th, 2010
11:27 am

I swear, having Martinez gone will be bigger than most think. Backpeddling and bend but don’t break is gone. Yes, you will get burned from time to time, as i saw Bama last year give up big plays. But an aggressive, charging defense sets the tone. I’ll be glad to opposing QB’s NOT sitting back, pumping the ball 4 or 5 times and hitting a receiver with a Georgia DB 10 yards away. He will be running for his life and the WR will be covered.

Frank Lane

June 9th, 2010
11:30 am

We need to turn this momentum into a Movement. The best place for the best in the state every year.

rock

June 9th, 2010
11:31 am

recruiting is off to a tremendous start. if we perform well on the field this year, I see no reason why we won’t be able to establish the “dream team” with all of the top prospects in GA.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

June 9th, 2010
11:39 am

LOVE ALL THE KIDS WERE GETTING BUT PLEASE LETS GET ON THEM LINES!!!!

PUT THEM GAYTORS IN THE DIRT!

Ben

June 9th, 2010
11:47 am

The gazelle from Rochelle….very nice pickup….Go Dawgs!!!

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
11:48 am

“I’m really liking the direction Richt is going with his recruiting this year. Now, if he can just land another couple of top receivers. …

One more Bill and thats it, either green from tampa or peake from s carolina. But what we need is some buffet busters pronto.

Dawg

June 9th, 2010
11:52 am

Chose UGA defense over potential Tech QB. NO WAY!

Wait and See Dawg

June 9th, 2010
11:52 am

I checked on rivals.com and saw an awful lot of 3-Star commitments on this “Dream Team.” My hopes were higher. Even LeMay only got 4-Stars. After all the hype, I thought he’d be getting 6!

I know the ratings can change, and there’s plenty more commitments to come, but I’ll wait and see how it develops before I start typing in BOLD.

Oh, wait…

GO DAWGS!!!

38 Yardline Dawg

June 9th, 2010
11:55 am

“Buffet busters”…good one! And very true. We’re getting the skill players but need some bruiser linemen.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2010
11:56 am

If only it could be spring/summer forever in puppyville. Dawgs would always be #1.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

If only global warming would speed up and let the ocean reclaim florida from the map.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
12:07 pm

@ Wait and See Dawg : goto scout and look at each player individually. They will give a break down + & – on the ones they’ve got anything on. Will give you a better idea than the Star rating. LeMay is listed as #2 QB but only 4 stars, so I think they have a quota or something for 5′ers and like players at other positoins a lot better.

JB

June 9th, 2010
12:07 pm

Everything runs in cycles….everything…..including Florida Gator Football.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2010
12:07 pm

learn something everyday -

That will probably be the pups best shot at beating Florida this year.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

JB -

You are right about that. I remember when Florida went 0-10-1 in 1979.

Truth

June 9th, 2010
12:17 pm

He’d rather play at ugag where he ‘might’ can walk on to a pitiful basketball team, and so that makes him go there to play football? How twisted is that? And, on top of that, he is going to football to play defense? Wasn’t he a QB through HS? Now, he is able to change sides of the ball and expects to play at the ‘mighty’ uga? That is really something!

He knows that he isn’t talented enough to make the GA Tech basketball team. Let the lesser players continue to land in Athens. LOL!

Let’s give ugag all of these lesser players they want. They can come up with plenty of PR crap such as the ‘dream team’ but it seems that this will be a ‘nightmare’ if ever there was….

They (Richt and co) have had top notch players in the past and have coached them down. I guess that they want to coach someone up and so they are recruiting the lesser players?

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
12:25 pm

SSIgator -

You might be right. I am curious to see what you guys do without Teebow though. I remember @ the begining of last season all the talk of working on a new offense but I saw the same thing I had seen for awile. But I don’t think that will be the case this year with Brantly at the helm. Should be interesting, plus with Charlie Strong gone you never know. He gave us fits @ both S Carolina and Florida, he had Richts playbook in his hand or something.

Too Easy

June 9th, 2010
12:27 pm

You mean the ‘lesser players’ who can still beat git as often as not? The Truth hurts.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2010
12:27 pm

learn something everyday -

It was not Charlie Strong. Coach BooBoo had the playbook upside down.

Too Easy

June 9th, 2010
12:28 pm

In basketball, that is. Can’t say ‘lesser players’ about football.

Dawg H8ter

June 9th, 2010
12:29 pm

Dream Team? UGA disgusts me, at least you rednecks pay the parents for turning them into talent breeders!!!

Dawg 39

June 9th, 2010
12:32 pm

Saw on another blog where the Dawgs needed 5 Ol in 2011. WHY? 16 OL on scholarship now. 3 are SRs. If I am a HS OL & am looking to start early on, I might look somehere else. Obviously we always need the depth & will be looking for starters later on. CMR has never coached a player down.

SD Dawg

June 9th, 2010
12:33 pm

Cautiously optimistic about this one. However, there are still 8 months for things to change. The whole Rogers fiasco keeps me from getting too excited. Do well this season and we’ll have a great class. Repeat next year and we’re sure to lose a few of these stars.

1eyedJack

June 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

Truth

He plays in the “A” classification. They play both sides of the ball.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
12:45 pm

@Truth : “They (Richt and co) have had top notch players in the past and have coached them down. I guess that they want to coach someone up and so they are recruiting the lesser players?” Really? http://drafthistory.com looking at 2001 – 2010
UGA GT
#drafted 1st round #drafted 1st round
2010 5 0 4 2
2009 6 2 4 0
2008 4 0 3 0
2007 5 0 2 1
2006 7 0 3 0
2005 6 2 none listed
2004 4 2 5 0
2003 7 2 1 0
2002 8 2 2 0
2001 6 2 none listed

So exactly how is Tech a better choice for coaching up players??? And ol slick Willy Make a Mistake took over right about the time our first round pick of 2 average went to zero. Gone now though ain’t he.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
12:47 pm

sorry ‘04 and ‘01 should be one each for 1st round.

mcdawghna

June 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

Hey truth?……That pitiful basketball team beat the hell out of yours…..and is getting better…..maybe the Tech people are starting to get a little more nervouse than normal since your b-ball team will soon be second in the state as well…..as far as Richt and Co coaching down our players, they can’t seem to be able to coach them down enough to lose to the mighty jackets

Truth

June 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

I would like to apologize to all of you. I should not have attacked this kid. He is a high school kid make his own life decision and my opion matters not one iota in the grand equaiton.

The truth about Truth is that I am a jealous petty individual. I, like all of my Tech breathren are insanely jealous with always playing second fiddle to UGA. Why can’t anyone love us and talk about us for a change.

I also enjoy wearing ladies underwear, it make me feel, I dunno, secure.

The most interesting man in the world

June 9th, 2010
1:00 pm

I may not watch losing football on TV, but when I do. ” I watch Georgia Tech.” Stay thirsty my friends

Truthbuster

June 9th, 2010
1:01 pm

Truth: He would have been a bball walk on anywhere. NCAA rules require those playing football be listed as football scholarship players and walk ons in other sports.
Same for those playing both football and baseball.

Dawg House

June 9th, 2010
1:01 pm

I am seeking just ONE honest answer from just ONE Tech fan to the following question:

What is it like hating another team more than you love your own??

I truly feel sorry for you guys. Do you think recruits read the crap you write on UGA’s blogs and think “hey, maybe I’ll go to tech so I can develop a burning hate for another school that beats us 8 times a decade”. You guys are pathetic.

There’s a reason your stadium (which is almost half capacity of UGA’s) is simply that, filled to half capacity. You spend too much time worrying about the ongoings on Athens.

If you were to show a Tech fan 2 pictures, one of the Buzz Mascot Logo, and another of the letters “THWG”, 90% of them would get more excited abot the letters. It’s really really a sad case.

That said…. GO DAWGS!!!!! 87 days til we tee it up between the glorious hedges!!

Truth

June 9th, 2010
1:09 pm

It is horrible Dawg House, just horrible. It burns a little hole in my soul every day. It has burned me up so badly that I am now an arrogant individual who looks down his nose at everyone. No wait, thats why I went to tech in the first place, or did tech make me this way?

Hmmmm… This is an interesting topic for a psych thesis, do arrogant individuals who feel mistreated, misunderstood, and unloved go to GIT or is it that after we get to GIT we then start to feel arrogant, mistreated, misunderstoon, and unloved?

clay

June 9th, 2010
1:13 pm

man CMR is doing a hell of a job over there in athens. keep up the great work guys and lets get all the best players around. im really getting excited for this season coming up. i think murray is going to be great, everyone in the sec better watch out because we have a great shot at playing in dec. at the ga dome for that little football game called the SEC Championship. Go Dawgs!!!

Willie Martinez is my Favorite Coach

June 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

Marshall is a good athlete and a good basketball player but not QB for this level of football hopefully he does come to play basketball I would try him at wide receiver too though

Truth

June 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

@Dawg House-

I’ll answer. You won’t like it and/or won’t believe it, but here goes….

First, look at the responses to my first post here. We have one idiot ugag person pretend to be me using my name, and posting crap. We have one person listing irrelavent stats that totally has nothing to do with my post and yet somehow they think it makes ugag look good. We have another person stating the NCAA rules that a player must be listed as an athlete in one sport and walk on in another – duh! Not one of the posts have anything real to do with what I wrote.

Most of all, look at this blog that was written by Bill King. It is nothing more than over bloated trumpet blowing to include his phrase ‘dream team.’ What other school in the COUNTRY would have fans buy into such crap when there team didn’t even win their own little division. Dog fans live with blinders on and refuse to see the reality of their team or their conference.

It is fine to be a realistic fan with realistic expectations. But, I HATE ugag because:
1. the fans are total blinder wearing idiots
2. the players are always gettting into trouble to show their low class
3. the football coaches have never been ‘great’ but rather the school gets a great player once in a while (a la Herschel).
4. the fans are rude and obnoxious to other fans regardless

I went to the Orange Bowl and the Iowa fans were super great – before, during, and after the game. There was no taunting. There was no name calling. There was nothing but respect and fun. Why is it that ugag fans refuse to have a thimbleful of class?

It is the OFF SEASON and yet even on this blog, there are idiot blinder wearing ugag fans writing crap even though you guys DIDN’T EVEN WIN YOUR OWN DIVISION! Try winning your division at least, first, okay?

DAWGS LICK BALLS!

June 9th, 2010
1:18 pm

I love seeing all you UGA fans get excited every year, and get your hopes up!

Dual SEC Championships in Football and Basketball in 2010???? Maybe so….it’s certainly not so far-fetched any more… LOL!!!

This makes my day!!! GO GATORS!!!!!

Adonisdaking

June 9th, 2010
1:20 pm

Be Patient The Recruiting Period For UGA Is Shaping Up Nicely…Alot Of 5 Star Recruits Wont Commit Until The US ARMY ALL AMERICAN GAME or Later In The Year But Be Sure That UGA Will Get Even Better Prospects When We Reveal Our New Aggressive Style Defense and Running Attack….The State Of Georgia Has Some Really Good Talent This Year…As We Start Winning More and More Prospects Will Start Committing Just Being Realistic Cause UGA Cant Sign All The Talent I Think We Will Get These Following Players…RB Isaiah Crowell WR Charone Peake
DT/DE Gabe Wright DE Stephon Tuitt CB Damian Swann ILB James Vaughters OT Watts Dantzler OT Xzavier Ward NT Chris Mayes OLB Deion Barnes OT Zach Debell ATH Nick Marshall..

BlahBlahBlah

June 9th, 2010
1:21 pm

Wow. Who knew that having a terrible basketball team would help the football recruiting.

Truth

June 9th, 2010
1:26 pm

@Adonisdaking -

Right, the uga new aggressive style defense and running attack that will attract HS players will be so different/better than GA Techs? LOL!

I think that these 3 star recruits will likely cause the 5 star recruits to NOT go to Athens. Why should they?

Ric Flair

June 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

Whoooooooooooo!

Truth

June 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

@Dawg Fan -

Let’s clear up football attendance…

What is uga student population? About 60,000?
What is the stadium there? About 60,000?

What is the GA Tech student population? About 13,000?
What is the stadium there? About 50,000?

Once uga is about to produce football crowds that are 4 times the student population, THEN we can talk!!!

Ric Flair

June 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

Sanford Stadium holds roughly 92K. The better question is how many people in the stands attend or attended UGA? Let’s set the over/under at 6.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

Hey truth how are the draft stats in response to your post irrelevant? You said that Richt coaches down his talent.. my post shows 58 dawgs drafted by the NFL in his time with 10 first rounders, Tech had 24 drafted with 3 1st rounders, I chose your school to compare with obviously because its your school and you somewhat implied the yours was better.

Aside from getting them prepared for the next level the coaches other main goal is to get the kids graduated and coach them through their college life and show them how to be a better person and a good man. Granted they don’t always succeed there will always be a Montez Robinson in every bunch but more often than not they do succeed.

So where is the coaching down? What no national title? Yeah its a goal and a laurel we would all love to tote but lots of things have to come into play including luck. Undefeated doesn’t even gaurantee a shot at it (see Auburn).

ed

June 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

CPJ, get used to it brother.

Damn Good Dawg

June 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

Truth,

Try winning our own division? We were SEC Champs twice in one decade. Tech has won the Acc once in two decades. As for the dream team, there are other schools and coaches recruiting like this too, like the “Tiger Prowl” for Auburn. Its just recruitment advertising. Its funny though, that in all your hate, you seem to have nothing better to do but to trash our team. Go over to your own blog… oh thats right, its a joke, just like the honey bees.

Yeah Right

June 9th, 2010
1:33 pm

Ok – I’ve gone to each of the last 8 football games b/w UGA and GT. I’ve been to at least 5 UGA games a year for the past 10 years. I have NEVER, EVER… EVER seen any fans of UGA get into any sort of fight with GT fans. Incidentally, this goes the same for the opponents. I have never seen a GT fan go after a UGA fan, and never seen a UGA fan go after a GT fan in ANY way. In fact, the ONLY fight I ever saw was b/w a UGA and Florida fan in Jacksonville, and I’m not real sure it had anything at all to do w/ football; seemed like a fight b/w 2 drunk jerks, and it was at the landing a day before the game. Nobody spits on anybody. Nobody physically assaults anybody. People who say this crap are either completely making it up or have just the most spectacularly incredible luck to actually have seen this stuff… I mean, if I haven’t seen them in the 60+ games I’ve been to over the last decade, and you have… maybe you are the one starting them…