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.
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.