Georgia offers Wilcox County junior QB Nick Marshall

UPDATED 3 P.M. WEDNESDAY . . .

Here’s your first sign of what life has been like for Nick Marshall since his MVP performance in the Class A state championship game — the Wilcox County star ran out of minutes on his cell phone he has taken so many calls.

Wilcox County's Nick Marshall in action against Greenville in the playoffs. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Wilcox County's Nick Marshall in action against Greenville in the playoffs. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Yeah, life has pretty much been a blur for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior quarterback since that 30-21 victory over Savannah Christian in the Georgia Dome. That and the fact that he’s taking final exams, playing a starring role on the basketball team and receiving visitors such as Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who offered him a scholarship last night.

“Yeah he did,” said Marshall, who talked to Bobo after his basketball game Tuesday night. “It was unexpected. I didn’t know he was coming.”

Asked what Bobo said, Marshall laughed. “He just asked me how many points and dunks I had.”

For the record, Marshall said it was 20 points and three dunks.

So Marshall can add the Bulldogs to a list that now includes only Mississippi State from major BCS football schools and may soon add Florida State. But that’s just in football.

As a shooting guard in basketball — he’s rated the No. 53 hoops prospect in the country by Rivals.com — he also holds scholarship offers from Georgia, Florida State, Ole Miss and Arkansas. So he’s pretty good in that sport, too.

None of which, of course, is a secret to the good folks down around Abbeville (the county seat) and Rochelle.

“He put some pressure on some schools this weekend by his performance,” Ledford said of Marshall’s effort, which included 331 total yards. “A lot of folks came away from that saying, ‘why aren’t we recruiting him?’ That’s what’s happening. A lot of it is not these colleges fault. It’s just where we are. We’re in a really small community. It takes us being able to play on a big stage like that for him to get the recognition he deserves. I think that’s what he did this weekend. He’s kind of been the talk of the state from what I’ve heard.”

Some schools are looking at Marshall as the proverbial “athlete” but the Bulldogs are recruiting Marshall, as a pure quarterback. His 244 yards passing Saturday gave him nearly 3,000 for the season with 32 TDs and only 13 interceptions.

“He’s a kid that can make all the throws, he has great awareness on the field and has that innate ability to feel pressure,” Ledford said. “And always knows where his receivers are. He never stops looking for them. But again, his legs are a big asset, too, as he showed.

“The things that he did in the Dome were nothing new to us. We’d been seeing that every Friday night and every day in practice. Everybody else kind of knows now. I look for things to pick up pretty quickly now.”

The biggest question is what sport does Marshall play in college, or does he play both? And if Georgia has offered in both basketball and football, does that mean the Bulldogs would allow him to play both if he wished.

“I guess that means both,” Marshall said. “I haven’t talked to them about it but I’d like to play both.”

Marshall has a year and a half to get better at them both in the meantime.

146 comments Add your comment

Another Dawg

December 16th, 2009
11:14 am

first i guess

hunkerdown

December 16th, 2009
11:17 am

What implications does this have wqith the qb from Lassiter? I do not see us taking two qb’s or will we?

Thomas

December 16th, 2009
11:19 am

Marshall is a junior. Matson is a senior.

Too Easy

December 16th, 2009
11:22 am

Hunker: One’s a junior, the other a senior. We’re stockpiling.

Pretty sure

December 16th, 2009
11:27 am

This kid is going to FSU. He won’t waiver. He is more interested in BBall that FBall. People are getting so caught up in the football thing, they don’t realize that he averages 33 points a game in basketball. Make no bones about it. He is going to school to play basketball. This is why he will stay with FSU.

Otto

December 16th, 2009
11:27 am

Why are we stock pilling? UGA has 3 Elite 11 QBs in Athens now.

Maybe UGA should go after OL or RBs. OL has been weak for a few years.

Pretty sure

December 16th, 2009
11:31 am

But he is an unbelievable athlete on the football field as well. Didn’t seem to make it sound like he wasn’t
And
Otto, I agree. I have been puzzled by UGA’s recruiting strategy all year. I mean, it’s ok to have 20 4 star QB’s, but only one can play at a time.

UGA 2010

December 16th, 2009
11:32 am

couldnt agree any more… if the kid will be better off playing basketball, by all means he should. But if he starts to pick up alot in the football area then he’d be a good commit.

Lick My Arse St. Simmons

December 16th, 2009
11:33 am

30-24 Ha Ha Ha

Smashmouth

December 16th, 2009
11:35 am

This kid can play – He’s tall, quick, and has a good arm. In the state championship game… I was most impressed with him not panicking or making bad throws when the o line broke down. He was never running for his life… he just got out of the way and chunked the ball.

Another Dawg

December 16th, 2009
11:38 am

To be honest, if he’s looking for early playing time, he probably should be looking elsewhere. With Murray/Mettenberger/Matson all sophomores when he arrives, he’s liable to be redshirted. Then, he’ll burn two years of eligibility for those three to graduate (assuming Matson doesn’t get redshirted as a sophomore–which would mean there was a competition for starter in his 3rd year.)

Love to have him on the basketball squad, though.

Tailgate

December 16th, 2009
11:43 am

Right now the Dawgs only have one true QB for next year – Murray. The other is a project. Hutson Mason still hasn’t commited yet. Supposedly that will occur before Christmas.

Cleveland

December 16th, 2009
11:47 am

This kid is a lot like Charlie Ward was at FSU. I saw Charlie Play at Thomas County Central and they verry similar

Gerald

December 16th, 2009
11:48 am

Chip:

If you wanted more evidence that plenty of south Georgia talent gets ignored, here is it. Despite great statistics and ability, Georgia never would have offered this fellow had he not put on a show in the Georgia dome. I bet that even with their huge assortment of coaches who are better at recruiting than at developing talent, Georgia coaches never even visted Marshall’s area of the state.

Dog fans:

You can be certain, that as UGA never recruits dual threat QBs (the only reason why Shockley was recruited was because A. he committed to the previous staff and B. he was a 5 star guy) that they want this kid to play WR, not QB. If this kid wants to play QB, then he needs to go to a place that actually uses dual threat QBs like Mississippi State, LSU, FSU, Clemson, Oklahoma State or Georgia Tech.

I wonder what offense Charlie Strong is going to run at Louisville come to think of it. And yes, Louisville does have a good basketball team …

But this guy really does seem like a taller Charlie Ward, who played for a rural high school that was AAA at the time but is probably AA right now. I bet that’s precisely what FSU is telling him! Then again, this kid is probably too young to remember Charlie Ward.

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

December 16th, 2009
11:49 am

Let’s not forget Logan Gray, last I heard he was going to be given a shot at quarterback next year…

Tailgate

December 16th, 2009
11:56 am

I thought Logan was moving to a WR role? I don’t think the coaching staff have ever really utilized his talents.

Cleveland and Tailgate

December 16th, 2009
11:59 am

You guys are both correct. Aaron Murray supposedly ( like J Cox was ) is the real deal and the other Qb Mettenberger, IS a project BUT with a fabulous and very accurate gun. He can play within two years and maybe be a great special situation QB. bIg and a cannon arm.

The E Cobb Lassiter kid may or may not sign. Also, this latest offer for the Wilcox Cty. QB is very good news. Reminds me exactly of DJ Shockley and ALSO CHARLIE Ward. In the SEC however, Ward would only have been just very,very decent like Schockely was his one year (SEC Champs) and the Auburn QB a couple of years ago and one or two other “athlete” Qbs in the SEC.

Go Dogs. Look forward to reading about the looooooooooow TV ratings for the 2010 Orange Bowl and Iowa’s win.

Porty

December 16th, 2009
12:05 pm

If you truly think Mettenberger is an Elite 11, you need to check yourself into Peachford. This kid will never end up playing football at UGa.

Chick Filly bowl

December 16th, 2009
12:06 pm

Murray unlike Cox, may get the nod for rour years, not one, Cox was basically a freshman this year with one year of eligibility

Denver Dog

December 16th, 2009
12:08 pm

AlabamaDawg, maybe they need to see the impact of UGA at Outback. It appears that maybe they need to feel it at Chick Fil A also!

The reason we are going to the Independence bowl is the shot of some UGA fans leaving Sanford with a couple of minutes left and the ball, and a touchdown behind against Kentucky. Granted, it was after midnight, but come on, this is UGA, we don’t do that, but we did that night. To me, that was the death nail of the Willie/Bobo era. Too bad they only got rid of one!

Dog Dawg

December 16th, 2009
12:11 pm

Gerald,

You don’t know what you are talking about.

Define “dual threat QB”. A QB who can run and throw, right. What is Logan Gray and Aaron Murray? They are QB’s who can run and throw.

Also GT does not have a “Dual Threat QB”. He can only run. He does a very good job of running, but he is not a passing QB.

The D

December 16th, 2009
12:13 pm

Mark Richt coached Charlie Ward, wouldn’t make sense for this guy to come to the Dawgs, that’s if he really is like Charlie was. He can play BBall too, probably be the star!

Shooting %?

December 16th, 2009
12:19 pm

I see him playing football in college. PPG is not a great indicator of b-ball ability in small town hoops. I’d like to know how many shots he’s taking a game.

OtisCampbell

December 16th, 2009
12:26 pm

What the heck is UGA doing offering juniors in high school? That is a stinking shame the way they recruit there.

Dawggy

December 16th, 2009
12:27 pm

Porty,

Mettenberger WAS an Elite 11 QB out of highschool. Do us a favor and do some research before spouting comments.

BG

December 16th, 2009
12:28 pm

Come to UGA Nick. Mark Richt will turn you into a NFl qb.

Dawggy

December 16th, 2009
12:30 pm

Otis,

do you not know how the recruiting process goes? Every school in the country will have an almost full allotment of junior commitments by the end of the winter. This has been going on for years.

YouCanRunButYouCannotHide

December 16th, 2009
12:34 pm

I say he comes to UGA and is allowed to play both football and basketball. It’s a win-win situation. We have 3 supposedly “good” QBs on the roster despite people souring on LG. There would be no pressure for Marshall to be a savior and so he can play basketball early for the Dawgs. If he manages to show well enough to be the best QB on the roster, so be it, but he’d be able to develop his first year or two and be ready to take over when AM leaves.

Johnny DangerDawg

December 16th, 2009
12:36 pm

Otto,
Even if all these guys accept UGA’s offers, we will still not have an unusual number of QBs. In 2011, Logan Gray will be a senior, probably playing wide receiver. That leaves Murray, Mettenberger, and Mason. That’s only 3 scholarship QBs, or only 2 if somebody transfers. Adding Nick Marshall (who will be a college freshman in 2011) seems reasonable.

G'Vegas Dawg

December 16th, 2009
12:37 pm

Elite 11 in high school is a lot different than the SEC. I remember whewn Stafford was a freshman, he was in the news constatly because he was making a push to play. He wanted to play. He knew he could make a difference. Mettenberger was given a scholorship due to his mother’s ties with the program and his relationship with Bobo. I hope that I am 100% wrong, but, I am afraid that Murray isn’t what we thought he was. This season could have been just like Stafford’s freshman year if Murray could have stepped up. It isn’t like Cox was setting the world on fire. If we stockpile QBs now then we will have a great problem in the future, too many good QBs. If we stock pile the athletes, then we can utilize the ones that don’t turn out in other ways, i.e. Mr. Missouri Football Logan Gray. I think LG has been a wonderful asset to the dawgs. He has shown that he wants to play and that he will play at any position as long as he can be on the field.

Alabamadawg, who's never gonna visit the Outback Resturant again !!

December 16th, 2009
12:37 pm

The Outback Bowl should have taken the Vols or the Dawgs before the tigers. It’s a slap in the face to both schools. Even worse than a few years ago when they passed over the dawgs and took Tim Couch and Kentucky !!! And yes I’ve read where Gray might be moved to wide reciever, but then later, I read where he would be given a chance to play QB. So, I don’t really know where the kid will end up…

bigdawg88

December 16th, 2009
12:40 pm

Me thinks Richt is looking for another Charlie Ward!

Grip

December 16th, 2009
12:46 pm

This Guy is a star in hoops already, I don’t think he averages 33 a game though, word on the street, he is a pass first point guard with innate leadership skills that can score whenever he chooses,his play at quarterback is tremendous, his coach described him best….Murray is the only guy on the roster who can compare…

cattledawg

December 16th, 2009
12:46 pm

Chip, I havent seen a high school qb look this good at the Georgia Dome since Quincy carter played against Valdosta his junior year. (Which I think Valdosta won 40- 37). I know how quincy turned out but he was as smooth as Ive ever watched play the position in high school. This Marshall kid is the real deal and Im glad UGA offered.

59bulldawg

December 16th, 2009
12:50 pm

Otto, Gotta agree about the stockpiling! Where are all the linemen? If we don’t develop some more linemen, we’re are always going to be on the verge of disaster if someone gets hurt . . . which has happened a lot in the last few years. I like this kid too but what’s the priority here? I know we have a verbal from the kid from Buford and one more but I’m not aware of anyone else. A little toughness in a lineman wouldn’t be a bad thing either. The last few years some of our guys have been as fragile as glass and many of our recruiting prizes have sorta not exactly panned out. I honestly believe that some of our guys probably couldn’t pass gass without hurting themselves. Don’t see our award-winning conditioning program doing much for them! Find me some more guys like Ben Jones . . . big, tough, and mean and who wanna get after it! Then if we have room, grab a quarterback.

ARdawg

December 16th, 2009
12:51 pm

Marshall is the real deal But I don’t think UGA at QB interests him

Carlton

December 16th, 2009
12:54 pm

Can we please stop with the “first” crap…at least say something halfway interested if you’re that concerned with being first…

hammerhead

December 16th, 2009
12:54 pm

Why do you care what bowl we play in? The bowls are a damn joke – when the choices are the Outback vs Chick-fi-A vs Independence, does it really matter? I would much rather be playing Texas A&M over Northwestern, btw. Let Auburn kickoff at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day. I’ll be nursing my first Bloody Mary and pulling for the SEC. Otherwise, the bowl season is just “early spring football”…. Meaningless.

filtar21

December 16th, 2009
12:54 pm

ive sen bobo offer several quarterbacks for next years class. but there is a guy named teddy bridgewater whom is ranked as 4th best overall prospect in next years senior class WHY HAVENT WE OFFERD HIM! hes already said he wants to go to georgia hes just waitin for an offer. hes bigger than the 3 qb georgia has offerd. Bama Florida FSU and Miami have offerd why havent we?

John

December 16th, 2009
12:56 pm

UGA has 3 Elite 11 QBs in Athens now?

Logan Gray couldn’t beat out Cox (enough said) Mettenberger is/was a wasted scholly, he’s 10x worse than Cox..will never start at Georgia. Murray is Georgia’s only hope.

CamWIldCatFan

December 16th, 2009
12:56 pm

I find it amazing that coaches see one championship game and offer scholarships. There are plenty of kids at Camden that should be offered. We have a hell of a team of athletes and just because we are a run first offense our QB’s and Receivers don’t get the recogniton other schools do. Coaches take a hard look at Camden we are lodaded with talent.

Outback Sucks

December 16th, 2009
12:58 pm

I am with you Alabama Dawg – The Outback Bowl has directly and indirectly screwed the Dawgs too many times. I will not be eating in that class c restaurant ever again. Taking a 3-5 SEC team is not only a slap in the face to UGA and UT but truly degrades their bowl. Idiots at the helm.

DawginLex

December 16th, 2009
1:00 pm

You can never get enough athletes and he may be good enough to play QB. Lord knows Fox can use him on the b-ball squad.

Ron D

December 16th, 2009
1:01 pm

The Marshall kid reminded me of Charlie Ward. He was very cool under pressure last Saturday. Good move for the Dawgs. We need to make sure we have solid competition at the QB position.

collegeballfan

December 16th, 2009
1:04 pm

I watched his game on TV. He really has a true arm, if I may borrow a baseball expression. And his legs – he is big, fast & quick. I see why Miss State is after him, nice fit for their offense. UGA would need for Richt to pull out his Charlie Ward playbook to take full advantage of his abilities. GT would need to change their run/pass ratio to take full advantage of his abilities.

Charles

December 16th, 2009
1:04 pm

G’Vegas Dawg – Murray was hurt for a good portion of the season and was coming off a serious injury his senior year in high school. For those two reasons and the fact that by the time he got healthy our season was basically done, the coaches left the shirt on him to save that fifth year.

Everyone who’s seen practice raves about Murray. This guy is absolutely the real deal and is going to be a bigtime player. There will be some growing pains next year, but he’ll also show flashes of brilliance. Assuming he stays healthy, Aaron Murray is going to be a star in Athens.

Lane Kiffin is Rich'ts New Daddy

December 16th, 2009
1:06 pm

Wow….so the once mighty Bulldogs are now offering scholarships to JUNIORS in high school??? I know of a kid in the 5th grade who has a great arm playing dodge ball. Maybe Richt might want to give him a call. A true sign of a crappy program getting crappier. Don’t worry….the good Reverend Richt will right the ship….NOT.

jack bull

December 16th, 2009
1:08 pm

he won’t be coming to UGA, he wants to play early and that is not going to happen(yes, i know he is a Junior).. the next 3, maybe 4 years are already taken…and whoever says Mettenberger isn’t any good, you may want to start watching another sport.. he is exactly like ryan mallett of arkansas…and i’m guessing he may be our QB next year..only thing hendering him is he don’t have the mobility Murray has.. but he has a way better arm, and can see over the OL..

gary

December 16th, 2009
1:08 pm

Don’t forget georgia offered C.J. Uzomah also it would be a problem with one of them both will not be at uga

JB

December 16th, 2009
1:10 pm

of all the 2010 commits, 14 are defense. Mark knows we need help over there, other than coaching.
We don’t want to end up like Tech, score 45, give up 52..LOL…………………..