Will nation’s top RB Keith Marshall commit to UGA on Dec. 6?

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After all of UGA’s troubles at running back this season, it has become a top priority in recruiting.

There may be some good news on the way for the Bulldogs. Keith Marshall, who is ranked as the No. 1 RB in the country by Scout.com, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will be making his college decision on Dec. 6.

UGA is rumored to have a slight edge over Clemson for the 5-star running back from Raleigh, N.C. Marshall also has Notre Dame, Florida and South Carolina listed as his finalists, and will make his final official visit with the Gamecocks this weekend.

“Keith has handled his recruiting as well as any high-profile recruit I’ve ever covered; he’s played everything real quiet,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247sports.com.

“From everyone I’ve talked to around Keith’s situation, it sounds like Georgia is in pretty good shape. But he’s got another visit to take and it’s not over.”

UGA will likely sign two running backs this year, with Marshall as the top target. The Bulldogs are recruiting the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Marshall with the same type of priority and urgency status they gave to Isaiah Crowell last year.

Will UGA land No. 1 RB Keith Marshall? (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

Will UGA land No. 1 RB Keith Marshall? (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

“Just like with Isaiah Crowell, Georgia got in early with Keith Marshall and let him know he was a priority for this recruiting class,” Mansell said. “With Isaiah Crowell, it was very clear how important he was to Georgia. There was not another committable offer out there to a running back, except for Isaiah Crowell. It was either hit or miss. Georgia has made Keith Marshall a clear target this year, and they’ve been on him just has hard as they were with Isaiah Crowell.”

What other RB would UGA like to sign this February? Another North Carolina product, Todd Gurley (6-1, 195) of Tarboro, N.C. It was a good sign for UGA when Gurley returned to Athens last weekend for an unofficial to watch the Kentucky game. Gurley and Marshall both took official visits to UGA for the South Carolina game. Gurley will announce his college decision on Jan. 3.

“Georgia and North Carolina are on top for him and have been for awhile, with Clemson  and NC State trailing those two,” Mansell said. “Whatever happens at North Carolina, with whomever they hire as coach, that’s probably going to make or break his college decision.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Land O' Lakes Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
3:03 pm

Come to Athens Marshall. It looks like splitting time with Crowell could be easier than once thought. And BEAT TECH!

Rebounding Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
3:06 pm

Georgia badly needs another running back, particularly one as talented as Marshall. Seems like a good kid too.

bucket

November 22nd, 2011
3:12 pm

Alabama demonstrated how important it is to have 2 great running backs at a time with Ingram and Richardson. Running backs only have so many carries in them, so if Marshall has NFL aspirations to go with his great talent he needs to go somewhere where he can share carries. I hope it’s Athens!!!

suwaneedawg

November 22nd, 2011
3:14 pm

Come on young man! Nothing like between the hedges on a Saturday afternoon!

Play for championships in Athens

November 22nd, 2011
3:22 pm

UGA sounds like a good fit Mr. Marshall

Bulldog Proud

November 22nd, 2011
3:24 pm

Nothing better than being a Bulldog on a Saturday night!

1eyedJack

November 22nd, 2011
3:29 pm

Come on down, and bring Todd Gurley with you.

Zboz

November 22nd, 2011
3:30 pm

Please come to Clemson. We need you. You will have a great time.

Park it yourself Metallica breath

November 22nd, 2011
3:33 pm

He’s coming to Georgia, this one’s been decided for a while.

Lousiana-Monroe_Anyone?

November 22nd, 2011
3:34 pm

saban must of not wanted him…..or he may have been deterred by the fact that saban…..just might be overrated as a head coach

slydog

November 22nd, 2011
3:34 pm

There is a difference between #1 rated RB (a potential 20- 25 carry guy) and #1 rated all-purpose back (20 touches a game, maybe) such as Keith Marshall. Even if we get him, he is a compliment, not a replacement, to Crowell. A true back up would be Todd Gurley. This is not to diss Mr. Marshall, but I’m just trying to look at this from a pure football perspective, not hyped up headlines.

robodawg

November 22nd, 2011
3:36 pm

Crowell and Marshall sharing the load sounds great to me. Enough competition between them to make them both better, and enough carries that they can both approach 1,000 yard seasons. You’ve got to have depth at RB to chase championships.

Dalton Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
3:38 pm

From the video of him and from what I have been reading this is just what we need. He has his head on straight, excellent grades and will help Crowell maybe mature. The speed of this kid is surreal and his cutting ability and vision looks to be outstanding. I also beleive if we get him then Todd Gurley will be ours for the taking because Marshall will commit before Gurley and it would only help. It’s great to be a “DAWG” and our recruiting hopefully is just starting to take off.

lewisbuzzard

November 22nd, 2011
3:39 pm

I was wondering how the “annointed one” would split the carries with a new sheriif in town. Hope he doesn’t want to wear #1 too that would be a real conundrum.

Bigdsel

November 22nd, 2011
3:44 pm

Come to Athens

harold

November 22nd, 2011
3:45 pm

HE WILL CHOOSE BETWEEN CLEMSON AND SOUTH CAROLINA. BOTH OF THOSE COACHES WOULD BE HARD TO TURN DOWN—SWEENY OR SPURRIER. BOTH ARE FUN SCHOOLS IN “HIS HOME STATE!”

RICHT WILL LIKELY BE FIRED WITHIN TWO YEARS SO UGA IS NOT LOGICAL!

Wally My Butts

November 22nd, 2011
3:46 pm

Dalton

I am not sure that ” if we get him then Todd Gurley will be ours for the taking because Marshall will commit before Gurley and it would only help”. Are you saying that there are enough touches for 3 TBs?

Wally My Butts

November 22nd, 2011
3:47 pm

harold – his home state is North Carolina, not South Carolina. Gamecock/Clemson loser.

RRTDawgs

November 22nd, 2011
3:48 pm

Crowell , Marshall , Gurley and Henry and couple of 2013 RB’s on UGA’s radar Tyshon Dye and K. Green both have the dawgs as there leader our backfield is going to be dangerous .

BamaBornDukie

November 22nd, 2011
3:55 pm

I lived in North Carolina for 13-14 years and my kids ran against the track club where Keith Marshall runs, the Carolina Elite. Marshall is not only an elite RB….but he’s an elite student with GREAT character. Marshall and Gurley are very good friends and are likely a “package-deal” to the same school.

I will admit that I’m a Bama fan……..but my comments are not because of such…… Isaiah Crowell is one of the most immature, “lack of toughness” RBs I’ve seen in a long time. It’s obvious that he’s been PAMPERED from his days in Columbus. If I were a UGA fan……I’d welcome Marshall and Gurley and give Crowell the ultimatum of getting his act together….and acting with some maturity and toughness…or get to STEPPING! After seeing his ACT this season….I can honestly say I’m glad he signed with UGA and not Bama. Crowell is NOT the type of player I’d want on my team…..regardless of his talent on the football field.

RRTDawgs

November 22nd, 2011
3:57 pm

He will commit close to gala weekend which is Dec 8th so it could start a domino effect .

Dalton Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
3:58 pm

Wally My Butts!

From what I have read Gurley was a bigger lean to UGA then Marshall was. It was down to UGA & NC for Gurley and that could have changed. They have become great friends and stated they would like to go to the same school in college. So if this holds true Gurley would come not as a running back but take the roll of Brandon when we lose him to the NFL.

Taco Meat

November 22nd, 2011
3:58 pm

Marshall is Georgia’s to lose and has been for a long time.

KJ

November 22nd, 2011
4:00 pm

harold just outed himself as a NATS fan; I’m pretty sure Clemson/USC fans know the difference between North and South Carolina.

Marshall / Jones / Davis

November 22nd, 2011
4:01 pm

The Gators have a powerhouse of young talent. UF is well under the maximum number of scholarships at the moment and 70 percent of the team this year consists of freshmen and sophomores. There will be a LOT of incoming talent in the next few years, and many current starters (Floyd, Powell, Easley, Roberson, Joyer, Debose) will STILL be starters two years from now. Moving forward, the team will have choice of using the nation’s consensus #1 QB of 2011 or another elite QB in his same year who is currently outperforming him. When those players become talented veterans, the team will easily contend for championships in 2013-14 as long as quality recruits like Marshall are there to back them up.

If you are reading this, Keith, I hope you will consider signing for a team where you won’t be expected to perform miracles from day one, but will be given the opportunity to do so by your sophomore season. Come play for the University of Florida.

Go Gators!

RRTDawgs

November 22nd, 2011
4:12 pm

Gators not even on his radar sorry UF fans he will look good in red & black Kieth Marshall is going to be great Christmas present for dawgnation .

JD

November 22nd, 2011
4:17 pm

Harold, he’s from NC not SC so it’s not a “home state” issue. Ga needs at least one of these since they aren’t offering any instate rb’s.

harold

November 22nd, 2011
4:19 pm

I STILL PREDICT HE WOULD LOOK GREAT RUNNING DOWN THAT HILL AT CLEMSON! BESIDES WHY WOULD HE WANT TO BE SECOND-FIDDLE TO CROWELL????

JD

November 22nd, 2011
4:21 pm

I don’t think he will be second fiddle to Crowell if what they say is true about his skill and character.

Chandler

November 22nd, 2011
4:21 pm

Keith is great running back and we would love to have hi. In Athens. We are already championship team, but with him and gurley we will dominate next year and for many years to come. We need the depth too because Crowell is the weakest rb I’ve ever seen. Lobar both of you running backs and you could make history here In Georgia.

Chandler

November 22nd, 2011
4:23 pm

He can win first string over Crowell and replace him, I think they will have equal running time and would do dominate in the backfield, but Crowell needs to get tougher.

joydawg

November 22nd, 2011
4:28 pm

Harold, what an idiotic comment. Do you know for a fact that CMR isn’t going to be at UGA in two years? Thought not. Go back to your mom’s basement.

BigDawg

November 22nd, 2011
4:29 pm

I don’t know how many of you have played college ball, it is tough! Did Lattimore and Ingram have fake injuries? You don’t know until you have been in the big house in the best league. Crowell has been banged up and is only 18! How mature were many of you at 18? I’m not saying Isiah is immature, just 18. Keith would be a great complement! If Harton can get about 100 yards in two games, what can Marshall and Gurley do? Much more. Enough said. Stop bashing Isiah, where would we be without him? What is his average per game. Go Isiah!! Glad to have you as a Dawg!!!

RopeDawg

November 22nd, 2011
4:31 pm

Oh Harold, you troll. He’s not going to Bama, so sit down and shut up.

BiggdawgK

November 22nd, 2011
4:32 pm

Keith Marshall is a huge talent with a great attitude from everything I’ve seen. Signing with Georgia will give the Dawgs a great back and also take away Crowell’s sense of entitlement and hopefully make him play tougher next season.

LoL

November 22nd, 2011
4:35 pm

Harold thinks Raleigh is in South Carolina. LoLoLoLoLoL…

Paddy

November 22nd, 2011
4:36 pm

harold……you need to buy a map, son!

HAROLD

November 22nd, 2011
4:38 pm

HE WANTS TO PLAY FOR A CHAMPIOSHUP PROGRUM AND HEYLL COME TO BAMMER TO PLAY FOR SABANS

NYDAWG

November 22nd, 2011
4:38 pm

One thing that could be pointed out to these young man is that Moreno,lumpkin,Ware are in the NFL. The league will find you even if your splitting carries. Thomas Brown probably could still be ther if he’d continued to pursue that route.

Stop Hatin

November 22nd, 2011
4:39 pm

Preach on BigDawg.

James

November 22nd, 2011
4:43 pm

Maybe Carlton Thomas knows something that the rest of us dont.He’s starting to act like that running back who transferred to Jacksonvile St.when he found out that Crowell was coming.Would make a nice one two punch.Will Richard Samuel play again this year?

Dalton Dawg

November 22nd, 2011
4:43 pm

Marshall/Jones/Davis

You where right on Jones & Davis but will never get Marshall not in this life time. Before you start talking about all the tallent you have at Florida you better worry about a coaching staff that can lead them to the promise land because what you have now have actually imploded for the worse. Also there’s no way you have more tallent then UGA period we match you per position and you have no proven receivers to throw to. Please stay on the Florida blog with your opinions! Go Dawgs!!!!!

BiggdawgK

November 22nd, 2011
4:43 pm

Issiah shows such flashs of brilliance it’s easy to forget he is just a freshman and was playing 2A high school football this time last year. I’m sure he has never been hit like he has in SEC games.

DostaDawg

November 22nd, 2011
4:46 pm

not sure crowell is going to be able to stay eligable another year…to much thug life in him and thomas. anyone know why thomas was out vs. kentucky?

Frank Lane

November 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

Marshall is not a bruising back. He is mainly speed. Hardly anyone touches him. He runs with his knees low to the ground. Great but not a prototypical tailback.

Bullpupp

November 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

He is not going to Georgia. I don’t know what you moron UGA fans think he is but it’s not happening. Wishful thinking I guess lol

Terry

November 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

I liked the way he acted after each TD, and catch, it was like he had been there before, just handed it over to the ref each time, another thing I like was the way he could catch, he is an all around back that can run, and catch, he looks very good on the recruiting video. Hope he sign’s with the Dawg’s, but even if he doesn’t I wish him the best.

BiggdawgK

November 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

If urban meyer goes to ohio st then we will all know he was lieing about his reasons for leaving uf. Maybe the rumbling about a ncaa investigation and paying players down in the swamp were true after all. Urban was the big rat fleeing a ship sinking in that cesspool called gainesville

Patrick

November 22nd, 2011
4:59 pm

I love when people like Bullpup come on here and act like they are in the know.

dboy jones

November 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

@BigDawg. I agree with you 100%. The people who talk about Crowell NEVER played football or football at a high level. They dont understand that its tuff and throughout a whole year you will get banged up! I played at UGA so I know. In D1 football you need 3 or 4 backs really. Especially in the SEC. Crowell has done a outstanding job coming in as a true freshman with all the expectation on him. He will surpass 1000 yards this year which is very hard as a true freshman. He is a tough kid and he will only get bigger, faster and stronger with the off season workout program. He will be able to take those licks next year. Marshall and Gurley’s biggest asset will be Crowell next year. They wont be ask to do what he is doing now for us. To all the people that is bashing Crowell go kill yourselves. You are not Georgia fans anyway and are mad that Crowell is on our team and not yours. Ask Latimmore was it hard for him last year. As I recall he sat out some games too and was banged up all last year. He still had a incredible year. Look at him this year. Torn ACL. Its tuff in the SEC