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. …

203 comments Add your comment

Ric Flair

June 9th, 2010
1:34 pm

learn something, couple issues. First, UGA consistently has recruiting classes in the top 10 in the country. It’s not unreasonable to expect that they would have more picks. Also, several of those players drafted were not recruited by Richt.

Also, and perhaps more damaging, is that the numbers are trending down. I also have add a disclaimer that the NFL is not the sole gauge of talent at a school as there are plenty of good college players whose skills don’t translate to the NFL, i.e. Eric Crouch and may be Tim Tebow.

Dan

June 9th, 2010
1:36 pm

Yeah Right, the fans who go to the games have good natured jabs at each other. But in the context of a blog, you can be a complete fool with no accountability.

There are probably a few hammered folks who act out at Tech-UGA games but the alcohol is probably the reason.

minnesota dawg

June 9th, 2010
1:38 pm

It’s good to have a former quarterback on defense. He will understand quarterbacks because he was one!

Yeah Right

June 9th, 2010
1:38 pm

Truth,
You said:
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!!!

I say: Tech doesn’t produce football crowds that are 4X the student population – GT never EVER sells out, except maybe one game a year – UGA. It is pathetic how few people go to your games, you’d think just based on the nearby population and the interest in college football generally, GT would fare a lot better. Maybe its not GT’s fault, but the ACC’s? I mean, nobody even goes to your conference championship games… sad.

Poindexter

June 9th, 2010
1:40 pm

Here is why I hate GA:

1. They stink
2. I hate em
3. Bunch of rednecks
4. I hate em
5. Did I mention they stink
6. The players get arrested
7. And I hate em

Poindexter

June 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

8. I am jealous of them because my team is horrible

Frank

June 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

Truth, you are a miserable little man.

THWGT

82Dawg

June 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

Truth…. not sure where you are going on the stadium comment, but UGA’s will hold around 92k the students get around 10k the visitors around 10k. That leaves around 72k that are either season ticket holder or that came by their tickets some other way. It is sold out every week with a waiting list. Tech hardly sold out in the past unless it was UGA or another big name school.They may do better now under PJ only time will tell. If you wanted UGA to produce crowds of 4 times the student body that would be one big stadium, I would be glad to bet if our stadium was the size of UT or Michigan it would be full every week as well.

hey truth

June 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

There are 24,000 undergrads at UGA and the stadium seats 92,000.

G8R H8R

June 9th, 2010
1:44 pm

Truth, you’re an idiot….Iowa fans were nice to Tech fans because they haven’t had the opportunity to really get to know any Tech fans. To know you is to HATE you….

Tech fans are the most envious, pathetic group of losers I have ever had the misfortune of being around.

We’re just better people than you are….learn to deal with it.

Also, do a little research on your attendance figures before you make statements that make you look like a jackass….

UGA student enrollment is give or take about 35,000 and the stadium seats over 90,000 and it’s sold out for every game….hell, it was sold out when Ray Goff was coaching us and we lost as many as we won. Tech only sells out that crappy stadium in that crappy neighborhood where dodging muggers is a favorite pastime, when teams like FSU, Clemson & UGA come to town and bring fans to buy the tickets!

Glory, Glory and to HELL with GT!

Tom

June 9th, 2010
1:45 pm

I can see the QB being the best athlete on the field in some cases. The game of football in general has changed so much; and I agree players have trained around a sportscenter analysis of Peyton Manning.

I think its extremely selfish to transfer if you don’t play. What can these guys complain about? You are getting a FREE education. You are a student first, athlete second. Go to class, go to practice, give it all you got, and support your team.

Besides if you don’t play, girls will still sleep with you.

Dan

June 9th, 2010
1:45 pm

G8R H8R, you’re just as big a loser. Good lord.

Bryan G.

June 9th, 2010
1:45 pm

As a matter of fact, Baccari Rambo was a quarterback and is now probably the best player in the defensive backfield.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

Ric Flair :

Correct, Richt did not recruit all of them and with that established CPJ did not recruit his (yet) either.

The numbers are trending down, since Willie took over, offense seemed to be who was drafted more, hopfully with Willie gone that will balance out.

but, the NFL has to be the sole gauge of talent as there isn’t really another next level to be coached up for. Yes I know Arena leagues and Canadian football exist but come on… basically if you don’t make pro then you fall into the other category of being ‘coached up’ for life education, a career, a family, etc…

and like I said, not all will make pros and bad apples will always fall but some of those apples do deserve the chanse to get their head straight, influence can only go so far. Ultimately it is up to the individual to succeed.

Frank

June 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

It is funny to me how the gtu fans have replaced scu fans as the most delusional in college football. I must admit that scu has had more success against UGA during the last 19years (with out cheating as per the NCAA) than has gtu. I really don’t hate tech, it goes much deeper than that.
THWGT!!!

G8R H8R

June 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

Truth hurts, huh Dan…

82Dawg

June 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

Dan …he speaks the truth about numbers though

Dawg House

June 9th, 2010
1:48 pm

Truth….

All I have to do is simply point out that you have taken tome out of your day to cone on Mr. King’s blog to insult UGA.

I’d say it’s a safe bet that you haven’t jumped on a single Tech blog or website today, and given a dingle word of praise for your “beloved” jackets.

GO DAWGS!!!!!! 87 days!!!!

Dan

June 9th, 2010
1:49 pm

It just seems that you say GT fans are such losers and then you post that kind of comment. Sheesh.

NavySealDawg

June 9th, 2010
1:49 pm

Truth, this a rivalry, plus it’s a state rivalry. Of couse their going to be obnoxius fan toward each other, Does (St. Simons ring a bell) the most obnoxis fan if there was ever one posting or blogging. I have been to Knoxville, Columbia, Auburn, all talk trash to the oppentent. it part of the game. And players getting in trouble, it’s everywhere, it college. And the coaches, well the records tell the story. Mark R. is the dean in the SEC, you dont become dean with a losing record. Look in mirror when you post (# of reasons why I hate the Bulldogs

82Dawg

June 9th, 2010
1:50 pm

Dawg House …there are no Tech blogs today as usual…

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
1:50 pm

come on Bill what happened to my homage to Harold?

Fact – I didn’t curse or put anything nasty in it.

CLEVON LITTLE

June 9th, 2010
1:51 pm

Where are all of the Tech fans???

Ric Flair

June 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

learn something, I suppose I think there’s more to judging a player than whether he makes it to the NFL. The college game is just different than the pros. Take Greg McElroy. He’s probably never going to throw a pass in the NFL because of his size but he knows how to win and that’s a damn good QB.

dougdawg

June 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

actually, Truth, sanford stadium seats over 92k, and is almost always sold out. the student body numbers about 28k. we’re almost to your magic number, aren’t we? tech’s stadium will hold about 48k, and if your student body is, as you say, 13k, you are about there too. so give it a rest, friend. sanford could sell out at 120,000. you couldn’t sell out often at 50k. you are a jealous waste. go sting yourself. gata, go dawgs

G8R H8R

June 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

GT fans ARE losers, Dan…they spend more time on the UGA blog than they do on their own blog. I am making an assumption there because I’ve never been to the Tech blog as I have no interest in them, with the exception of when we play them and beat them. They hate UGA more than they love GT as we have illustrated by the lack of fan support at their games!

UGA fans don’t care much at all about Tech one way or another…beating them is not particularly enjoyable, it’s just our birthright…we only take pleasure in beating them because losing to them is humiliating. I’m sorry if I offended you Dan, but I just have no use for Tech in general and their athletic teams in particular.

ugafamily

June 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

It is ironic to have a name such as “Truth” and yet be so far from it!!

They should have a name like ” the Truth through my Gold Colored Glasses.”

Go Dawgs sic’ em !!!!!!!!!!!!!

82Dawg

June 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

Truth is gone, once he realized that what he spoke was not the truth he has gone to find another name.

Dan

June 9th, 2010
2:00 pm

It’s a funny comment, G8R H8R. On the one hand you say you don’t care much about Tech. But you seem to spend a tremendous amount of time trashing them. And if it’s a birthright, why do even talk trash?

On another note, if you define an individual’s worth based on where he went to college, well then I have nothing but sympathy for you.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
2:02 pm

Ric Flair, agreed there more things to judging a player than if he makes it in the NFL. McElroy has an education and well… I say this with a grain of salt, life education (Satan was his coach) from his coaching staff to fall back on. He will go on to have a wonderful career with high pay (as long as he stays in Alabama, you don’t think a Bama company would pick him up in a heart beat to be a spokesman?) start a family and raise children.

But weak noodle arm a NFL quarterback does not make. He may know how to win but pro calibur D backs know how to win too. But hey, he is 6″3, 220 lbs playing again this year is he not, Julio Jones to throw to, and 2 awesome backs behind him. He will get drafted

mcdawghna

June 9th, 2010
2:03 pm

Uhhhhh truth?…..26,162 to be exact is total enrollment you idiot!……but do’nt hang up yet…..I’m quite entertained by your lack of knowledge…..about anything……

Dawg House

June 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

Well…… Back to the blog topic…..

Welcome to Dawg Nation Nick Marshall!! You now have millions of fans that love you, and a few hundred on North Ave that HATE you.

Hunker Down you Hairy Dawg !!!!!!!

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

Dan :

Its like beating up on your little brother. Trash talking before and after it are required.

Bill W.

June 9th, 2010
2:06 pm

@Ric Flair,

Who cares if a Dawg fan attended UGA or not. The Dawgs represent the state. Not every one of the 92K fans every weekend can attend the school. I have followed the Dawgs since I was 8 years old just before Herschel came along. I also follow the Braves, Hawks and Falcons. If only students or Alumni followed college athletics there would be no money. Not every person from Indiana, Illinois, etc attended Notre Dame but they sure do have a strong following.

Ric Flair

June 9th, 2010
2:07 pm

Learn something, Ha! He’ll never leave that state if he knows what’s good for him. His wife will be a supermodel and he’ll bank $500K a year.

And usually if I see a guy listed at 6′3, 220, I assume he’s 6′1 190. And no doubt he’s got a ton of players helping him out. Take care.

Dawg House

June 9th, 2010
2:14 pm

I didn’t attend UGA. I didn’t even attend college. But I worked hard, and am now a Hartman Fund Donator and season ticket holder. I love the Dawgs and feel exactly the same pride in the team as somebody who attended the GEAT University of Georgia.

GO DAWGS!

CJDawg

June 9th, 2010
2:17 pm

Marshall is an EXCELLENT roundballer. He is a special athlete who may be able to put on a few pounds. When he is on the field, it seems like he is the only one your eye follows. This is huge for CMR AND CMF. I try to maintain a calmness over recruiting rather than getting overhyped and then disappointed when things don’t work out, but this class may well go down as one of the best ever…period. All a coach can do is go after the best out there and coach them up. The strategy and chemistry become integral and these young men SEEM to have noticed something bigger than themselves. I am glad Darrick Rodgers has Nance to lean on at UT. He will need it.

Gatorbait 17-3

June 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

If the dogs are going to be so great this year, why in the world
is the school LOWERING the season ticket price———-that doesn’t happen
in the Swamp.

Jerry West

June 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

shocked that this kid gave up on playing QB. saw that state championship game on TV, and he looks like a QB to me.

Coach Paul Johnson

June 9th, 2010
2:19 pm

can anyone help me? I can’t find a bra big enough to fit my moobs in!

Greensboro, Georgia

June 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

*
….. Nesbitt for Heisman …..
—————————————

Mike

June 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

Has anyone heard if GA is recruiting a good running back for this class? Seems like we need one to follow Ealey.

HBTD

June 9th, 2010
2:24 pm

Smart move Nick. Welcome to the Dawgnation!

Adonisdaking

June 9th, 2010
2:24 pm

6′2 195lb-6′2 200lb Corner For The Dawgs! GOOOOOOOOOOOOO GAWGS GATA!

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
2:25 pm

Gatorbait 17-3,

have you seen our home schedule this year? 6 home games, ULL, Ark, Tenn, Vandy, Idaho St, Tech

3 games worth actually paying for. And I don’t think their lowering the price, it is that the cut off for donation amount for the right to buy season tickets has been lowered due to lower donations recently. You know the economy is pretty bad here right now right?

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
2:32 pm

Mike,

They have offered 6 :
Malcolm Brown, Cibolo TX, Steel HS, Scout #1 HB
Isaiah Crowell, Columbus GA, Carver HS, Scout #2 HB
Aaron Green, San Antonio TX, Madison HS, Scout #3 HB
Mike Bellamy, Punta Gorda FL, Charlotte HS, Scout #5 HB —Comitted to Clemson—
Quan Bray, Hogansville GA, Callaway HS, Scout #28 HB
Chevelle Buie, Cocoa FL, Cocoa HS, Scout #30 HB

They have a good shot @ Bray. Bellamy was leaning this way but Klemp’s son’s got em, but signing day is in february.

GeezusDawg

June 9th, 2010
2:33 pm

…. dodging muggers in the ATL is called “wind sprints” – you know, for the triple option.

HBTD

June 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

Learn Something…
Well at least we get to see Ark, Tenn and Vandy. ULL, IS and git are kind of payoff crap games, but everyones got games like that on their schedules.

G8R H8R

June 9th, 2010
2:36 pm

“It’s a funny comment, G8R H8R. On the one hand you say you don’t care much about Tech. But you seem to spend a tremendous amount of time trashing them. And if it’s a birthright, why do even talk trash?

On another note, if you define an individual’s worth based on where he went to college, well then I have nothing but sympathy for you.”

Dan, I pasted your exact quote so that nothing gets taken out of context…

I have only trashed Tech today based on the uneducated ramblings of Tech fans on a UGA blog…why are they here?? UGA fans, like myself, came to the blog to discuss a committment of one of the top athletes in the state for 2010 and in order to do so, we have to wade through a dozen Tech dorks on OUR BLOG…it just illustrates what I’ve been saying about many Tech fans. They hate us more than they love GT, which makes them losers…

I never once based anyone’s worth on where they went to college…I happen to have graduated from UGA and have a deep love my the University, Athens and the Bulldogs. I’m just sick & tired of having to listen to GT fans like St. Simons, Truth, and others who interject themselves into a discussion about UGA football/basketball that has NOTHING to do with them! That makes them losers, regardless of whether they actually every attended GT for a day or got their Phd from the Institute.

Thomas Jefferson

June 9th, 2010
2:38 pm

Wake up,—— It’s a free country dude.