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.
“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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