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

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
2:42 pm

HBTD I will enjoy Ark. Not expecting much from Tenn or Vandy. And will enjoy being there in to watch coach moobie’s getting punched in the face. But I don’t really care for the Idaho St and ULL payout games. One at the begining of the season is cool but I don’t dig 2. Will be looking to off load the Idaho St tickets.

clay

June 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

Clearly Truth must be a tech fan.

Truth

June 9th, 2010
2:48 pm

Yes clay I am a tech fan.

And I run the ‘tripple option’ in piedmont park after dark.

Dan

June 9th, 2010
2:49 pm

G8R H8R,

Couple things. First, congrats on being a UGA alum. You should root for your school and be proud of them. They’ve been very succussful on the football field the past decade and academically, the school has made tremendous strides.

Second, you (and Tech fans) need to get past this “our blog” thing. It’s on the AJC. That’s as childish a comment as I can imagine. Third, you can have fun and give Tech fans a hard time. Lord knows we’ve managed to lose to y’all every way imaginable (I hope) since Richt has been there. But have a sense of humor – same goes for some Tech fans who take it too far. Fourth, you did say at 1:44 that UGA folks are just better people. I mean, c’mon. Better football team? Yeah probably. But better people? That’s basing an individual’s worth on where they went to school. Grow up. Last, your name is G8R H8R. You can’t criticize Tech fans for hating UGA – which we unquestionably do – and use that as your screen name without coming across as hyprocritical. I get that you hate UF – they’ve had their way with y’all the same way y’all have with Tech the past 20 years. But show you love the pups instead of hating the Gators – at least if hating someone else is less important than loving your own school.

Best of luck to y’all this fall. Poke fun if you like, but be creative and funny.

Stick em up or else

June 9th, 2010
2:52 pm

Children ……….now now, we all know that the jackets are simply nervous.

Just this week their Football Cheer Director announced their opening chant as the team runs out on the field:

Stick em up …..reach for the skies, cause when we lose to Gawga, because no talent bums our team does comprise. AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA

Mike

June 9th, 2010
2:55 pm

learn something, Thanks for the info

AceDawg

June 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

UGA has a world of momentum right now. If they show up and dominate on the football field early on next year, maybe they can indeed pull a top 5 or a #1 recruiting class.

And as for basketball, UGA has a chance to turn the corner for the long term this coming season. If they pull an NCAA bid and simply even stay in the race to win the SEC, their recruiting ability should be very strong for Fox. UGA fans need to give Mark Fox a long term reason to stay though. If things go right, he can make a non-traditional UGA basketball program into a powerhouse. Other than Kentucky, the other SEC schools can’t claim enough tradition or reasons to be a better choice for top GA high school players to go to over UGA. GTech will be in trouble too.

82Dawg

June 9th, 2010
3:03 pm

Gatorbait 17-3 ….you are another uninformed gator!! Please show me where is says UGA is lowering their ticket prices. They are lowering the donation amount to become a season ticket holder. Read the story before you run your mouth. It makes you look like a fool even more. Being a Gator fan and posting a UGA blog already does that.

Dusty Rhodes

June 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

Gatorbait 17-3:
They didn’t lower ticket prices. They lowered the donation threshold to get on the list of season tickets. Reading is good.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

Mike, no problem. Just keep in mind all of that is early, #1 on that list is probably Tex or Okla bound, #2 is gravitating towards Bamma (but we still have a shot, keep hope alive), and #3 will probably go to the looser of # 1.

Its just who has been given offers as of right now. By Oct/Nov the picture will be clearer and ranks will get re-evaluated with the senior season stats rather than soph/junior

G8R H8R

June 9th, 2010
3:07 pm

Dan, I must admit you do make several good points…it is a little hypocritical for me to call Tech fans losers because they are fixated on UGA more than their own team and use a handle like G8R H8R. I’ll pick something different going forward…I’m not too proud to admit when someone makes a good point.

When I made the comments “that we’re just better people” and “beating Tech is our birthright,” they were made tongue in cheek, but that doesn’t come across well in print. I’ve said those things for years to my fellow UGA fans and they understand where I’m coming from.

I do not agree, however, with you on the “our blog” thing…this blog is called the Junkyard Blawg for a reason…it’s for UGA fans to come on and discuss what’s going on with OUR team. Tech has a blog of their own…GT fans should spend a little time there once a week or so. I’m sure there are UGA fans on the Tech blog as well and they should stay off there and let Tech fans have a place to discuss their teams without having to wade through the crap we wade through here daily from Tech and UF fans.

Just my $.02….I feel better now.

fun facts

June 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

Did you know that Orange is an ugly color?
Did you know that Orange is an offensively ugly color when paired with blue?
Did you know that with expansion Texas will not join the SEC?
Did you know that with expansion Ga Tech will not be invited to join the SEC?

gdawginkalamazoo

June 9th, 2010
3:12 pm

Truth,

Iowa fans were kind to GT fans because they thought you were Wake Forest.

learn something everyday

June 9th, 2010
3:12 pm

G8R H8R,

No, you were perfectly fine with the “beating Tech is our birthright” line. I think that came across in print just fine.

In fact, if you don’t mind I may change my handle to it.

92 UGA Grad fka G8R H8R

June 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

learn something everyday,

You have my blessing to change your name to “Beating Tech is our birthright.” I didn’t copyright or trademark it…yet.

Adam

June 9th, 2010
3:16 pm

Dream Team!!

What UGA Really Means

June 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

So, lets recap:

UGA makes a deal with Nick Marshall’s cousin Lonnie Outlaw
to help land Marshal. Not a bad deal, on face value.

However, according to AJC’s Michael Carvell commenting on Outlaw:

“The Bulldogs signed Outlaw knowing he was a few credits shy and will require two years at Georgia Military College before being admitted UGA.”

So, let me get this straight, Outlaw, another product of this state’s “exceptional” high school education system…
“…was just a few credits shy (of admission to UGA)…”
yet he will require…2 FULL YEARS at GMC ??

So, Outlaw cant even meet the ROCK-BOTTOM educational requirements
of the highly dubious “Special Admissions” program at UGA ??

Sounds like Outlaw cant even read.

Bait & Switch anyone?

But hey, not to worry. This is all just “Business As Usual” at UGA.

You know, use semi-illiterate student-athletes to earn money (or help recruit players) for the financial benefit of a private corporation known as the UGA Athletic Association.

That’s some kind of “Dream Team” model that CMR is trying to put together?

“A return to old-school mentality” seems like the PERFECT motto here.

U – Uneducated
G – Georgia
A – Athletes

U – Uneducated
G – Georgia
A – Athletes

A return to old-school mentality

Beating Tech is our Birthright!

June 9th, 2010
3:18 pm

92, Sweet, ‘preciate it. I feel so shiney and new.

cougarfan

June 9th, 2010
3:19 pm

i cant wait until everyone meets bulldawg commits alec and zander ogletree from newnan high. there is u-tube video for any who has questions. alec hits real hard ans has great closing speed.

Dan

June 9th, 2010
3:19 pm

Fair enough, G8R H8R.

I may pop my virtual head in hear though and see what’s going on! Hopefully y’all will view my comments as either humorous or constructive.

Learn something, the “beating Tech is our birthright” line was definitely received with a grain of salt. Although, since Richt has been there it’d be difficult to argue… Now I’m going to go jump off a building.

1993

June 9th, 2010
3:22 pm

not worried about outlaw.

will never put on a ga uni.

koodos for marshall

ReddJonn68

June 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

This is another example of Richt’s ability to actually reach kid’s while recruiting. Richt has never had a problem no matter who the B-ball coach was or is with a kid dabbling into 2 sports. I can’t say that for Tech. I am not a Tech basher, I love all sports in this state. I just don’t see how they did not take a good look at this kid’s B-ball skills. He may come from a very small school, but they are a central GA powerhouse on the hardwood. I also think he’s taken a wise approach on his future, being from a small program his possibility of making the pros are much better at the DB pos. & who knows what he may do on the B-ball court. I don’t think Tech’s style of play is going 2 get Nesbitt 2 the next level even if he has a monster year. Having seen Marshall play last year, I still would love to have had a chance to see him play under center at the next level somewhere !!! Maybe a little wildcat may be in his future, let’s just wait & see. Great recruiting job Richt !!

Beating Tech is our Birthright!

June 9th, 2010
3:28 pm

What UGA Really Means :

Is this your birthday?
If not then you can’t cry if you want too

we all know Outlaw didn’t ’sign’wtih UGA, he signed with GMC. UGA let him have his day with an offer than wouldn’t hold water so that after 4 years of not taking anything seriously he would go on to a junior college and spend 2 years learning some responsibility. And THEN once he has done so he will be awarded a scholoarship to UGA if he still desires to attend. If he does not meet the elligibility then he doesn’t get in, or if he wishes to attend elsewhere he is free to do so.

Not exactly uncommon. Its called a second chance, or if you are christian a shot at redemption.

And please let me know where I can find something attesting to the fact that the AJC’s Michael Carvell is the pinnacle of all knowledge so that I may stop being a doubting Thomas and place my utmost trust in his every word.

Spike

June 9th, 2010
3:30 pm

Tech gets hosed again. Their “silent commit” just went to UGA. Suck it Tech. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Yoda

June 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

SSIgator …..dude you gotta quit playing tag at the Roundabout on Demere!!!

Beating Tech is our Birthright!

June 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

Spike, wouldn’t you be silent about that too? announcing your a jacket in Wilcox county would be like announcing your comming out of the closet and you worship Osama bin Laudin and the Devil.

valdosta

June 9th, 2010
3:38 pm

93 has a point

ga doesnt take juco’s often

two yrs is long time outlaw will be forgotten or wont make the cut with other recruits being consdered then

it was leverage no big deal

marshalls what mattered

gtfanfrom1951

June 9th, 2010
3:51 pm

UGA will always be a trash dump on fall Sat. because her fans are as bad as the clemson fans. He was not going to play QB at GT because there are better players coming in from NC. Texas does not want to come to SEC because of how bad the schools are in the SEC.

82Dawg

June 9th, 2010
3:56 pm

gtfanfrom1951 ….trash dump???? now that is funny coming from a fan where, when you park you car you need an armed guard to get to stadium. gtfanfrom1951…AARP is looking for you

1eyedJack

June 9th, 2010
3:58 pm

Thomas Jefferson

You’ve been dead too long. It’s not a free country anymore.

1eyedJack

June 9th, 2010
4:00 pm

gtfanfrom1951

We got the best QB from North Carolina…and from Georgia.
Did you mean those “athletes” you recruited to play QB?

Bama Stan

June 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

Ok I see the writing on the wall its time for me to make the switch GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I now bleed Red and Black and I will burn everything of crimson that I own.

1eyedJack

June 9th, 2010
4:07 pm

That’s a good boy Bama Stan. The dark side of the force will only lead you down the path of destruction and eventual disappointment.

Dawg in Florida

June 9th, 2010
4:10 pm

What UGA really means…

You must not pay attention to academic statistics or accolades. UGA was home to 2 Rhodes Scholars in 2008 and is in the top 25 for best public universities in the nation (US News and World Report).

U – Undeniably
G – Great
A – Academics

82Dawg

June 9th, 2010
4:12 pm

Bama Stan ….whats up??? why are you finally coming to your senses?

Gator

June 9th, 2010
4:47 pm

Great recruiting job mutts, come on down to Jacksonville and we’ll set the record straight. And just so we are clear, never, ever disrespect us by celebrating like that again. Not relevant, because your days of having anything to celebrate in Jville are long gone. Behave and we may let you see what NC trophy looks like.

GatorAde

June 9th, 2010
4:48 pm

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t
been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 10-2 or even 11-1 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 15 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans, like Miami and Ole Miss fans, need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Bulldog Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many
blue chip high school plays go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

And the highest player arrest rate in the country. When is that going to change? When?

Boston Rob

June 9th, 2010
4:52 pm

U – Undeniably
G – Great
A – Academics

WHAT A FREAKING LOAD OF BULL CRAP.

icedawg

June 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

Great addition. Hines Ward was the epitome of a multipurpose athlete. He was very good at a number of positions. The sign the athlete and utilize him where he best fits into the scheme makes a lot of sense for both the athlete and the team.

Gator

June 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

Know your place and we may let you have a field goal this year. Gators are gonna feast on some mangy bulldog meat. If you show the proper respect for our three NC’s, we may leave you enough players to play your next game. It’s gonna be ugly!!!!!!

BG

June 9th, 2010
5:13 pm

Yes!!!! Go DAWGS!!!! Why would any kid want to play for GT??

BG

June 9th, 2010
5:14 pm

Gator, get off of our board. UGA owns UF!! Look at the series record you homo!!!

BG

June 9th, 2010
5:18 pm

Gatorade, get out of mama’s basement. Don’t throw rocks if you live in a glass house. Have you looked at how many of UF’s players have been arrested since Urban Crier has been there???

FLA DAWG

June 9th, 2010
5:25 pm

I’d love to see The Dawgs take this talent and win a few SECCs and MORE. If Richt hasn’t produced Big Time with a crew like this over the next couple of years then something’s wrong in the coach’s office.

dixie clear

June 9th, 2010
5:26 pm

how many decommited last year??? its only june mutts!…don’t get too excited….besides, this guy is going to play bball before all is said and done…..

FLA DAWG

June 9th, 2010
5:28 pm

Gators whacked us but good but were slapped by Bama. So what do they do? Post garbage of how great they are on a Dawg Site. Real class Gators, real class………………….

Logan is on UGA payroll

June 9th, 2010
5:41 pm

DawginOH

June 9th, 2010
5:43 pm

I’m pretty happy about the 2011 class as well, but CMR really should drop that silly “dream team” label. No need to entitle these kids until they produce on the field. Go Dawgs!

FLA DAWG= GATORBAIT

June 9th, 2010
5:45 pm

Keep crying FLA DAWG….Win something will ya!

ca dawg

June 9th, 2010
5:47 pm

i wish we could stay on topic. congratulations and welcome to nick marshall, who promises to be an excellent addition to our defensive backfield. i love a CB who is 6′2, 190, and has the potential to play both ways. i can live with florida fans spewing their bile a bit, since they’ve beaten us so badly and so often in recent years.

without descending to respond to the bizarre claims made by tech fans who post on UGA blogs, let me say that i’m pleased that we look like we’re doing what we need to do on the recruiting front not only to continue beating GT but also to mount a real challenge to florida in the east. we’ll see how everything shakes out, but i think there are good reasons to think we’ll be better on both sides of the ball and on special teams next year.