Wilcox County star Nick Marshall becomes AJC Super 11 No. 6 heading to Athens

Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall passed for 41 touchdowns this season and finished as Georgia's all-time leader with 102 career TD passes. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall passed for 41 touchdowns this season and finished as Georgia's all-time leader with 102 career TD passes. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Add another AJC Super 11 name to Georgia’s list of official visitors this weekend.

Nick Marshall, a quarterback/cornerback from Wilcox County, has decided to join the parade of stars heading to Athens this weekend. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete becomes the sixth member of the AJC Super 11 to make that decision.

Marshall will join fellow Super 11s North Paulding WR Chris Conley, Griffin DE/OLB Xzavier Dickson, Thomas County Central DE/OLB Ray Drew, Valdosta TE Jay Rome and Grady DB Damian Swann for their one-and-only, NCAA-allowed expenses-paid trip to UGA. All of the visitors, which will include most of the Bulldogs 16 verbal commitments so far, will attend the Senior Gala, UGA’s annual end-of-the-year banquet, Saturday night at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.

“They talked to him about it last week and Coach [Bryan] McClendon came down [Tuesday] and they decided this would be the best time for him to go,” Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford said. “We looked at his schedule and there were only two Saturdays he wouldn’t have a basketball game, this weekend and one in January. So we decided it was best for him to go on right now.”

Marshall, who committed to the Bulldogs last June, is rated a four-star prospect as a guard in basketball and will also play that sport at Georgia.

To that end, Marshall and UGA decided he would not play quarterback. It would be too difficult to play that position in football while trying to play two sports in college. Marshall is slated to player cornerback and kick returner with the Bulldogs. But he’s expected to garner some touches as a specialty player on offense.

Based on his high school production, Georgia would be well advised to get the ball in his hands as much as possible.

Marshall finished his career as Georgia’s all-time leader in career touchdown passes with 103. As a senior, he completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,728 yards and 41 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. He also rushed for 684 yards and nine touchdowns, had six interceptions on defense, including two retured for touchdowns, and a punt return for a touchdown on his only attempt. That’s 53 TDs accounted for.

“He’s actually really good at returning punts but we had to let him get a drink of water some time,” Ledford said. “It’s my understanding he’ll have the opportunity to do that at Georgia. I think they’ll use him in as many capabilities as possible.”

Marshall’s senior basketball season hasn’t gotten underway yet. The first game is this Friday. The Patriots lost only one starter — 6-foot-6 forward Lonnie Outlaw, a Georgia football signee — off last year’s state championship contender. Marshall, a shooting guard, averaged 27 points per game on that team.

Outlaw is being replaced in the lineup by his younger brother, Jonathan Howard, a sophomore who also happens to be a standout wide receiver. He had 28 catches for 295 yards this past season.

Outlaw has another year at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville before he can suit up for the Bulldogs.

“I heard some really good things about how well he’s doing over there,” Ledford said of Outlaw, who is Marshall’s cousin. “The coaches tell me he’s gotten stronger and put on some weight. I think he’s up to 210 now. They say he’s improving every week.”

Meanwhile, Wilcox County, the 2009 Class A state football champions, was ousted in the quarterfinals by Wesleyan this year.

“It’s tough to repeat,” Ledford said. “Everybody from Game 1 to the last game wanted to be the team to knock us off. It seemed like every week we got got teams’ best shots. And I thought single-A was a little more stackded this year.”

Savannah Christian and Clinch County will face off for the championship in the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

“Hard to tell [who will win],” Ledford said. “They’re both two very good teams with two completely different styles. It’ll probably be a good one. We’ll pulling for out region so we’re pulling for Clinch.”

159 comments Add your comment

Yeah baby

December 8th, 2010
11:02 am

little saint simons

December 8th, 2010
11:13 am

42-34. 73-72. Hahahahahahahahaha

Laces Out

December 8th, 2010
11:20 am

42-34 73-72, but I’m sure you’ll have a stellar recruiting class for that triple joke offense dorks
BBBBWWWWAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAAA

GATA

December 8th, 2010
11:21 am

We might have to let Marshall get a few snaps at QB. He seem’s like he has just raw athletic talent.

Bo

December 8th, 2010
11:21 am

Mr. Marshall is going to be one heck of a player.

For all the grief the recruiters have taken on these blogs this year, UGA has been bringing in some excellent skill guys. If they can find a JUCO nose guard and some run blocking, this team will be in the SEC Championship game next year.

Old Dawg

December 8th, 2010
11:23 am

Nice story, Chip. Keep ‘em coming!

Homestate boys state-in-state

December 8th, 2010
11:25 am

Happy to have Mr. Marshall next year and glad to hear he is heading to Athens this weekend to help keep the in-state boys at home. Bring a championship to Georgia.

RRTDawgs

December 8th, 2010
11:27 am

Thanks for info Chip keepem coming This will be a huge weekend for UGA we could even get a couple of these recruits to commit go dawgs .

Gator in Macon

December 8th, 2010
11:30 am

Georgia fans cry about what bad sports we are and act like this after beating Georgia Tech? What hypocrits, YOURE 6-6 After 7-5, you should be hidding from embarrasment.

Dawg in Rhine

December 8th, 2010
11:37 am

out of all the guys going to Athens this weekend if we can get 3-4 new commiments this weekend we will be on a role….maybe even get the rest to commite by signing day.

Gerald

December 8th, 2010
11:37 am

“If they can find a JUCO nose guard and some run blocking, this team will be in the SEC Championship game next year.”

So … you predicting that Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee are going to be on probation next year or something? And Nick Marshall is being shunted to CB because Mark Richt doesn’t like “athletic” QBs. Charlie Ward was the Heisman Trophy winner at FSU at QB, and a 1st round draft pick as a guard in the NBA. Rusty LaRue was Wake Forest’s starting QB and shooting guard at around the same time, and UGA had a TE who was the 6th man during the Ron Jirsa era. Plus, guys play football and baseball all the time.

Marshall is just getting bad advice. He is agreeing to terms that favor UGA and not himself, just as D.J. Shockley did before him, and there is no one around willing to tell him different. That is what happens when one program (UGA) so thoroughly dominates this state. Everybody in that kid’s high school and tiny county, including his high school coach, are probably big time UGA fans. They are likely telling him “Boy, you just go play for those Bulldogs and do whatever they say … they’ll take GOOD care of you up there … you can trust ‘em, especially coach Richt!”

I still remember when Richt was OC at FSU. They would go recruit the top dual threat QBs in the country promising to turn them into the next Charlie Ward. Once they arrived on campus, those guys weren’t even allowed to compete for the QB job in practice. They’d get switched from QB to WR or DB as soon as they signed their verbal commitments. “Saint Richt” is no different from “Saint Bobby”, except that the latter was actually a good football coach. Or at least he seemed to be when he was beating up on ACC teams … when he played against Miami or the better SEC teams, not so much …

DCJohn

December 8th, 2010
11:38 am

Never in my life have I seen my two schools mentioned in the same article for football. How bout them Red Raiders and Georgia Bulldogs?

Thoroughly enjoy the blog Chip. It is hard to follow college and high school football in DC, but your daily contributions help and are appreciated!

azdawg

December 8th, 2010
11:39 am

GA’s in desperate need of good cover CB’s but even more desperate need of big DL. Will hold off on jubilation untill they sign some real big eaters on D side of the ball otherwise its the same ole same ole porous defense next season.

1eyedJack

December 8th, 2010
11:44 am

A 6-6 210 lb. wide receiver. That ought to give some 5-9 185 lb. cornerbacks “the willies.”

schmeckdawg

December 8th, 2010
11:45 am

@Gator in Macon

We’er not crying about what bad sports you are, just stating the obvious! And why should we be hiding, we have kicked your sorry a$$es in two major sports in about a ten day span.

wah! wah! wah! waaaaaaaaaah!

Gerald

December 8th, 2010
11:49 am

1eyedJack:
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Not if he can’t catch, can’t run routes, can’t separate from defenders, and lacks lower body strength. Look at NFL rosters and notice that you see few NFL WRs over 6′4″, and virtually none that are 6′6″ or higher. There is a reason for that. As few guys over 6′4″ have WR ability and skill, most of the taller guys wind up putting on a few pounds and moving to TE (or defense). If it was the Big 12, Pac-10 or a mid-major conference, a 6′6″ WR would be something to get excited about. But in the SEC, where virtually every team (even Vanderbilt) has at least one DB that will play in the NFL, don’t count the chickens on the super-tall WRs until they’re hatched.

The good news is that he can probably add 30 pounds and be a very athletic TE. The bad news is that UGA already recruits a ton of talented TEs (and FBs) that Richt and Bobo have no idea how to utilize. (Orson Charles, there is still time to transfer.)

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
11:50 am

(((((42-34)))))
(((((73-72)))))

Here’s what I think of Tech’s “Mighty” GTriple Option……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDrPUcUsFY

1. Can Roddy Jones see straight since being LIT UP by Akeem Dent??
2. Shouldn’t Tevin Washington have been required to purchase a ticket to ride Justin Houston 8 yards into the endzone????

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!

Scam Newton

December 8th, 2010
11:53 am

Chip (or Lowdnes25):

Is Malcom Mitchell coming this weekend (w/ Rome)?

1eyedJack

December 8th, 2010
11:56 am

Gerald, I can see your view, but there are a ton of athletic “big guys” in the NBA, and being tall does not preclude one from being able to catch, run routes or separate from defenders. If nothing else, he could be a “red zone” specialist.

Huntsville Dog

December 8th, 2010
11:57 am

Gerald? Don’t know how to use TEs. Then how come we put so many in the league?

Huntsville Dog

December 8th, 2010
11:58 am

Oh, and if he wants to play basketball then he isn’t going to put on too much weight.

? Mysterion ?

December 8th, 2010
11:59 am

Too difficult to play QB and basketball? What kind of snake oil is that snake oil selling staff down at UGA selling? A super 11 prospect essentially lets a coaching staff tell him he is too dumb to play both? Ronald Curry at UNC managed to break records at UNC at QB and play basketball. UGA’s head snake oil salesman is leading another super 11 into the abyss of mediocracy.

wesleywhatwhat

December 8th, 2010
11:59 am

after seeing that most uga fans don’t care about recruits but would rather obsess over georgia tech, why would any high school playmaker want to play for the dawgs?

Huntsville Dog

December 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

Curry never excelled at either.

Gbal

December 8th, 2010
12:05 pm

Gotta focus on the DL recruits for immediate help and for the future.

Right now we have only 2 DL commitments…. A DT and a DE. Two other recruits listed in this piece as attending Saturday; listed as DE/OLB. Likely smaller in size if considered possible LB material.

Com on MR & TG – get on the horn to the DL prospects and get’em in Athens this weekend and committed.

ReservoirDawg

December 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

Nick Marshall is doing what Nick Marshall believes is best for him. He committed after LeMay. He knows he will not play QB (unless in WildCat scenarios). There is only one QB postion, and sometimes FIVE DB positions. If he is considering early playing time, DB is best for him. And if he is thinking about playing in the league, DB is best also.

Plus he may just love UGA and want to go there. Nothing wrong with that.

Dawggie

December 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

@Gerald

Ever seen AJ Green? How about Randy Moss? Big tall and amazing WR’s. Not sure you applied much thought before comments on that one…

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

December 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

Marshall is a bad mama jamma

Huntsville Dog

December 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

We need a NT. We get that, the guys on campus already will perform better. We have some DL guys from last years class that either played little or took a redshirt.

Chip Towers

December 8th, 2010
12:13 pm

Scam Newton: It is my understanding that Malcolm Mitchell is coming to UGA this weekend. I will try to reach him to verify for sure.

sogadog

December 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

I wish the Dawgs would recruit some defensive linemen who are the caliber of Nick Marshall. Marshall is a quality player who will get lost in the shuffle like Logan Gray. We need more high quality linemen not skill players.

? Mysterion ?

December 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Most super 11 UGA players don’t excel under Richt, so I suppose we are even. The black hole for talent gets another one to ruin.

And Curry broke most of UNC’s passing records and rushing records for a QB while he was there. He was a pretty serviceable basketball player at UNC, but would have been a freakin’ star basketball player playing in Athens.

Hope he doesn’t make the mistake of taking one of UGA’s “football” majors. UGA is a pretty crappy school for putting athletes in majors that will make them successful after football.

wesleywhatwhat

December 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

“Why is it that during recruiting season they sign all the great players, but when it comes time to play the game, we have all the great players? I don’t understand that. What happens to them?”

the ole ball coach

naganole

December 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

@Gerald Marshall doesn’t have a shot at the League at QB, but he does at DB. Same reason DeAnthony Thomas (who might be the 3rd best RB in the nation) will be a DB at USC.

oakwooddawg

December 8th, 2010
12:27 pm

Gerald what rock did you crawl out from under? Why,with all the knowledge you have ,you should be coaching in the NFL. I strongly suspect you are either yellow jacket or a FLA Gaytor. Go back to where you came from and leave us alone. I don’t believe any dawg fans want to hear what you have to say.

Roaddawg80

December 8th, 2010
12:31 pm

I hate this time of year. We have a month of no football and speculation on decisions on what 17-18 year old kids will do.

Matthews Dawg

December 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

naganole…thank you for answering Gerald’s comments. Mysterion (11.59 post)…do you actually know what CMR and the coaches have spoken to Marshall about? Were you in on the conversation? I wasn’t either, so unless you really know at least say “IMO”. None of us know for sure what is said and what is promised. If you read what Chip said, he did not quote it either. I’m not saying that conversation didn’t take place, but only a select few know exactly what was said. As said by ReservoirDawg…”maybe he just wants to be a Dawg. Nothing wrong with that!” That’s what we want players that want to be Dawgs. If they don’t that is ok and best of luck to them. We are on our way to having a fantastic signing class. We do need DL and if we can sign a few more of our targets then lets bring on 2011 and Boise State.

Does anyone know when the Chick Fil-A kick off classic tixs go on sale? Or are they only going to season ticket holders?

Huntsville Dog

December 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Does breaking UNC’s passing records really mean that much? As a football program how good have they been historically? How good were they while he was there? I remember plenty of bad throws. And where did he end up playing in the league? WR. Might as well skip the wasted time at another position and improve your craft somewhere you can play long term.

MB

December 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

@Gerald If you could put Josh Nesbitt in the room of truth I am sure he would say he wishes he had come to UGA to play safety. If he had he would be on his way to the NFL instead of his football career being over.

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
12:37 pm

Chip…..

Could you tell us which Engineering Firms are recruiting Josh Nesbitt and Anthony Allen?? According to the Tech fans they are top-notch STUDENT-athletes, just like every Tech STUDENT-athlete, earning their world renowned Engineering Degrees.

Do you think there is a chance Josh and Anthony will start their own Engineering Firm?

What are the chances Reggie Ball or Joe Hamilton could land them a job at the Engineering Firms they are working at?

Thanks in advance Chip!!

1eyedJack

December 8th, 2010
12:41 pm

Bottom line is that Nick Marshall seems fine with it and that is all that really matters.

The Blair Miss Project

December 8th, 2010
12:45 pm

I think it’s amusing that Tech fans are so bitter, and desperate for any leverage in the sports comparison argument of UGA and Tech, that the only things they can result to are off the field incidents and lack of recent National Championships by UGA.

Enjoy the bitterness!!!!

(((((42-34)))))
(((((73-72)))))
WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

Sanford Drive

December 8th, 2010
12:49 pm

Chances are, Josh Nesbitt and Athony Allen will return to their home towns, coach PE and JV football.

Tech fans will consider his being a hero in their community.

But when a UGA grad or football player does this, they are consider failures in life.

Tech’s pompous fanbase is truly pathetic.

dawgfaceboy

December 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

they’ll probably give him the 2-3 touches a game they’ve been giving Smith. No need to have too many weapons. Why try and get creative when it’s so much easier to run he most predictable offense in the country every week.

Roaddawg80

December 8th, 2010
12:55 pm

dawgfaceboy-

The most predictable offense sure does put up pretty big numbers every week. I really don’t know what the issues is with BOBO or the offense. I mean sure he’s not perfect and it’s easy to second guess someone that has to pick a play in like 10 seconds. THE OFFENSE IS NOT WHY WE LOST GAMES!

kingster

December 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

Is it true that all UGA fans have in life is to down and speak badly of GT, what is the real deal, why so hateful, why so nasty, u guys never speak badly of Florida , Auburn or Alabama, if UGA beats TECH, they are set for life, thats a bad and sad life, I guess if you to stupid to look in the mirror, TECH has plenty to say about the kind of students in sports UGA has, but at the end if you feel good about yourself, more power to ya, what kind of future is in store for the University of Georgia, sad, very sad!

Bo

December 8th, 2010
1:00 pm

Gerald,
I don’t expect UT or SC to be that great next year. I expect UF to be considerably better than they were this year. So, I think next year is back to normal in the SEC East. You will notice that I said IF UGA finds a NG and run blocking they will be in the SEC Championship game. That may be a very big “if” but I stand by the statement. This team is very-very close to being stellar. The only real problem has been UGA’s inability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

As for your comments on the QB situation:

If you haven’t noticed, Aaron Murray is an “atheletic QB” and Richt likes him just fine. Nick Marshall may or may not be able to play QB in the SEC, but moving to another position in college isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Former high school QB Hines Ward might be able to shed some light on the subject. Besides, shut down corners do quite well in the NFL. Go ask Champ Bailey.

DJ Shockley was 100% Georgia all the way and he did what he thought was best for himself. He knew that David Greene wasn’t going anywhere and he decided not to transfer when no Georgia fan would’ve blamed him if he did. DJ Shockley won an SEC Championship and will be a beloved Dawg forever! I was at the SEC Championship game and saw the love he got afterward…it was awesome. AND DJ got his shot at the NFL to boot. I’d say that Nick Marshall could do much worse than being the next DJ Shockley.

Also, your comments regarding tight ends are not correct. UGA has put a bunch of TE in the NFL and they are one of the few teams running a pro style offense that utilizes the TE. Orson Charles will be a star before he leaves UGA…he’s close to being one now.

Spike

December 8th, 2010
1:02 pm

He has no interest in Tech, huh? Imagine that.

RambleOn84

December 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

The continued obsession with Tech is really jaw-dropping. You guys remember that you went 6-6, right?

Perhaps if your school cared about more than just beating Tech, you’d have more to show for yourselves than a good all-time record against Tech. ONE National Championship and a handful of conference championships in over a hundred years of football, despite being the big boy school in the fourth-most talented football state in the nation.

Pathetic, just like your fan base.

Bo

December 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

I should amend my statement “The only real problem has been UGA’s inability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.” to say that the only real problem this year. Excessive penalties and poor tackling also killed UGA in 2008 and 2009. Those were considerably better this year.