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.”