Mark Richt: Help wanted at RB position …are you listening, Keith Marshall?

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How badly does UGA coach Mark Richt want to sign a top-rated tailback this year after all of the team’s problems and headaches at the position? So badly in Richt went public for the need when speaking to reporters.

Due to NCAA rules, coaches cannot comment specifically on prospective student-athletes until after they sign college scholarships. Richt didn’t name any names on Wednesday, but you can assume he was directing his message to Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., the No. 1-rated RB in the nation. On the day before (Tuesday), Marshall announced that he will decide on Dec. 6 between UGA and Clemson, along with Notre Dame, South Carolina and Florida. UGA is rumored to be the longtime frontrunner.

Here’s what Richt told reporters, according to the AJC’s Chip Towers:

“There’s a tremendous opportunity at the University of Georgia for running backs in this class to come to Georgia and make a big impact,” Richt said. “I hope that’s not breaking a rule, but there’s tremendous opportunity, I can say that. If I was a running back, if I was a great running back, I would want to come to Georgia. I would be so excited about my opportunity at Georgia.”

If Richt was trying to get Marshall’s attention, it worked. Marshall retweeted Richt’s comments after they were put on Twitter by reporters.

How important is Marshall to UGA’s recruiting efforts? He’s the big fish that the Bulldogs don’t want to let get away.

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

No. 1 RB Keith Marshall is the make-it-or-break-it target of UGA's recruiting class (Photo courtesy of 247sports.com)

“This class, whatever they end up with, this class will be known by whether or not they get Keith Marshall and another running back when it’s all said and done,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst of 247sports.com. “I think it’s obvious to everybody who watches Georgia play that they need depth at running back, and they need it now.”

Want to know more about Keith Marshall, who is ranked as the No. 1 RB in the nation, according to Scout.com? Go here

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220 comments Add your comment

gwj

November 24th, 2011
2:48 pm

Smart move by Richt. What can it hurt? Marshall, Gurley and Crowell….impressive.

The Rock

November 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

Can you smell what Ritcht is cooking? Happy thanksgiving everyone!

GDAWG1007

November 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

Dawgs 2012 are going to be looking pretty good for the NC run…!

Go Dawgs

Blackoutanyone?

November 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

Wow that’s just sad. From singing happy birthday to begging kids through the media WTH is going on over there?

Blackoutanyone?

November 24th, 2011
3:21 pm

The Rock…. It smells like desperation to me.

ECB

November 24th, 2011
3:23 pm

You call it sad…..I call it pretty damn smart!

A person SMART enough to know......

November 24th, 2011
3:26 pm

Keith come to UGA and be the next Herschel Walker! Go to a school with coaches that will coach you! Not UGa. Go to a school where you can be the 1st Keith Marshall not the next anybody.
To Hell With Georgia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

invictus mon

November 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

Very smart by Richt, and obviously it got Marshall’s attention if he put it on his Twitter. We at UGA have had so much addition by subtraction at that position in the last year, that’s really our greatest position of need. Marshall…if Richt can’t say it specifically, I will. UGA needs you! There’s tremendous opportunity! Come on! If you want me to get on my knees and beg….let’s just say I’m not above it.

FLADAWG

November 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

After watching youtube video of both Keith and Todd Gurley, I must say I like Gurley just as much as Keith Marshall. If we land both of them, will set pretty good at RB.

A person SMART enough to know......

November 24th, 2011
3:35 pm

Keith if it helps you can make the decisions on the UNIFORMS for next year too!
You can have #1 too. We don’t have anybody wearing that Number right now.
If you really want it we can give you #34!
Hell we will not even make you EVER take a urine test.

Greg

November 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

“Unlike” ….. don’t you mean “dislike?”

RevThomas

November 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

You really do a great job with recruiting news regarding UGA – look forward to it every day – thanks! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

Un-Tank

November 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

It’s one of the best moves Richt has ever made, regardless of whether it has any impact or not. Recruiting is cut-throat, and you’ve got to do anything and everything within the rules to bring the horses to the stable.

Not so fast my friend!

November 24th, 2011
4:09 pm

Blackoutanyone

Sounds just as desperate as Bama getting another shot at the Nc without playing for their conference game. I hope they do go up against the dawgs so we can fix that bad taste of that blackout that was left in our mouths. But if you lose again to LSU then ESPN will still make you the Co champions at worse……
Go dawgs!

dap01

November 24th, 2011
4:11 pm

I love the Dawgs!

bluecole

November 24th, 2011
4:13 pm

the “Next Herschel Walker”? Wouldn’t this guy be the 10th one in a row?

You might as well start numbering them. . . like the mascots.

Herbstreet

November 24th, 2011
4:16 pm

2007: Bulldogs should not play in the National Championship game because they didn’t play for—let alone win—the SEC Championship

2011 I think they are the best one loss team and it doesn’t matter if they don’t play for their conference game……

Yeah, ride those nuts…………

Joey

November 24th, 2011
4:37 pm

Herbsreet, I been screaming that for two weeks. Funny how that works…… 2002 is a one loss secc uga better than a undfeated whatever conf? They would be now. Heck, a two loss sec is now a days, aint they lsu???

Old Dawg

November 24th, 2011
4:37 pm

going up hill in Athens… young team needs another top RB… Marshall would be well advised to join the Rejuvenated Dawgs .. Spurrier ( 67 )to retire… Muschamp and Weis.. most overrated over paid in college… Malzahn going head coach.. Dawgs SEC east for next several years !!

Indian Dawg

November 24th, 2011
4:39 pm

Hopefully, Keith’ll be giving Dawg Nation an early Christmas present on the 6th! Go Dawgs! And to hell with everyone else!

Destin Dawg

November 24th, 2011
4:39 pm

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus big time sports ” in a great college town Athens, Ga. Go Dawgs !!

Eye opener

November 24th, 2011
4:42 pm

The BCS and the Electoral college are the same.

They both pick the winners and loser and there is nothing you can do about it.

BS

November 24th, 2011
4:48 pm

Under the BCS, a single defeat is extremely detrimental to a team’s prospects for a national championship…….UNLESS you are Alabama and ESPN is trying to sell you on a rematch.
Nexy year if we lose all our games but beam Bama and lsu can we play for the title?

RRTDawgs

November 24th, 2011
4:57 pm

Its a good move on Richt’s part IMHO it could be icing on the cake for him to sign .

Who is comparing Marshall to Herschel?

November 24th, 2011
5:00 pm

Certainly not UGA fans, who know that we are not likely to see another Walker in our lifetimes. As good as Marshall is, and he is apparently the best in the country, anyone who knows anything about UGA football would not be making that comparison.

And Blackout, I feel safe in saying Saban and Smart, as well as every other SEC coach, uses every recruiting angle they can if they feel it will help land a recruit.

A person SMART enough to know......

November 24th, 2011
5:02 pm

Crowell’s feelings are really hurt now. I bet this really makes Crowell become a better person and player. You wonder WHY or HOW these kids get EGOs? Richt is saying Keith Marshall is more important to the dawgs than the Players already on the team.

In 2007 the Vols game decided if UGa was going to be the East Champ. It was not UGa were World Beaters to get in the SEC CG that year either. yes UGa was good but not so clearly deserving of a shot at the MNC game. This year so far LSU and Bama are clearly the best. Like you dawgs love they are in the SEC right?
Unless UGa wins the SEC CG UGa is just the 4th best team in the SEC and doesn’t deserve a shot to play for the MNC.

RRTDawgs

November 24th, 2011
5:04 pm

5:00 pm post needs to be deleted there no need for that garbage this Thanksgiving .

claytondawg

November 24th, 2011
5:04 pm

“Pleading” for running back help may seem to exhibit desperation…oh, hell…IT IS DESPERATION. We need at least two running backs. Richt isn’t proud to show a little desperation. These two running backs
would love Athens Town.

hey keith do your homework....

November 24th, 2011
5:07 pm

look at the long long long list of elite running backs that have had their career die at uga.

the reason richt is stalking you is because their latest and greatest elite running back is having problems on and off the field. you can go back almost each year and read the obituaries of former no 1 running backs that experienced the same problems. sometimes it’s just the environment. when it keeps happening over n over n over again you have to look at the common denominator of each situation. uga,,. the current group of coaches and their recruiting practices. different players from different schools with different talents… the same end result.

do you want to become part of the poison that exists at uga? a program out of control with arrests.

maybe you will change your mind when that ‘pied piper’ richt gives you a hug and a kiss an goes ’swimming’ with you. hell he may sing you happy birthday too. if you like that stuff from a grown man more power to you.

me? it creeps me out.

Blake

November 24th, 2011
5:23 pm

UGA is called “tailback U” for a reason. how many have went on to go to the NFL. IC + KM = NC
GO DAWGS!!!!

Stinger'95

November 24th, 2011
5:28 pm

Why sign with UGA? so you can lose to the yellow jackets every year? Georgia Tech is going to own UGA.

A person SMART enough to know......

November 24th, 2011
5:29 pm

Blake……………didn’t you say that same thing with Ealey and King or Moreno?
I think we have been hearing about that National Championship every year since 1980.

A person SMART enough to know......

November 24th, 2011
5:32 pm

“Tailback U” went away when Richt became the coach. His style of offense is QB driven and that is what He tried to do at UGa.

Moe Dawg

November 24th, 2011
5:33 pm

@”A person SMART enough to know” and “hey keith do your homework”
Go back to cleaning my toilet, I don’t pay you to sit around and post trash on the net.

@blackoutanyone?

November 24th, 2011
5:34 pm

As usual, miss know it all w/the childish screen name takes a jab at CMR & his recruiting tactics. Saban oversigns, Richt does not, this is a fact but since it’s Bama, I’m sure you defend that tactic as well as all of free textbooks, booster’s paying players, & the large bribes going to the Tuscaloosa police dept. for protecting the Bama players.

Bad Dawg

November 24th, 2011
5:40 pm

A person SMART enough to know…
Just wondering are you an expert analyst on college football because you sure seem like you know a lot about college football ?

Bad Dawg

November 24th, 2011
5:45 pm

blackout anyone? … You must live in Georgia because I have no clue why an Alabama fan that has a better team, coaching, and recruiting than UGA feels the need to comment on all things UGA. Were you once a Georgia fan in the past and decided to switch sides once UGA started to fall and Alabama started to rise in 2008? Or is there some other reason for your presence here? Please feel free to reply as I am curious about this.

Moe Dawg

November 24th, 2011
5:49 pm

@Bad Dawg
“A person SMART enough to know…” will not be posting for a couple more hours. She is still on the clock cleaning my house. btw, no, she is not a college football expert.

Seriously

November 24th, 2011
5:51 pm

Sounds like Coach Richt is stating the obvious. We need RBs for next year. Nothing wrong with this.

Destin Dawg

November 24th, 2011
5:55 pm

Notre Dame lost its National status years ago.. Spurrier to retire.. Muschamp and Weis taking Fla. down… easy choice.. Junk Yard Dawgs !!!

bama fan in ga

November 24th, 2011
5:59 pm

i actually enjoy reading and posting about the dawgs. i regret that so many posters hurl trash at ‘Bama rather than take the time to appreciate what an amazing season richt and co. have put together. sure, they haven’t played any of the beasts from the west, but they’ll get their chance soon enough and i think they’ll surprise some folks. RTR!!!

just the truth

November 24th, 2011
5:59 pm

Didn’t we hear this same song and dance about Crowell. Look how fast a coach can change allegiance against a player.

James Stephenson

November 24th, 2011
6:00 pm

Hey Blackout, maybe if Saban were smart enough to give a kicker a Scholarship, you guys would be playing for the SEC championship. Instead, I guess he needed to sign a 15th DB who will never see the field.

A person SMART enough to know......

November 24th, 2011
6:03 pm

Destin Dawg…………..WHEN did UGa EVER have National Status? I know it must have been the 6 months is was in the Hospital back in 82.

Destin Dawg

November 24th, 2011
6:06 pm

you heard it here 1st… UGA 24 LSU 17

Elephants have no room to talk...

November 24th, 2011
6:07 pm

about how CMR recruits. Bama has been always “DIRTY” as far as recruiting tactic and they know it. They just don’t wanna admit it or just wanna forget about it. They just got out of a long PROBATION NOT LONG AGO !!! Funny how the Elephants have a short memory.. lol

ras_tusbrown

November 24th, 2011
6:08 pm

Crowell has that job for three more years. He da best. Go Columbus Carver.

UGA grad in Bama

November 24th, 2011
6:14 pm

I’m still amazed with the obsession that bama fans have with UGA and they don’t even play each other.

sting'um

November 24th, 2011
6:18 pm

Have you ever noticed that every back that shows interest is going to be the next Hershal??
And all they turn out to be is dope smoking flunkies that either drop out or tranfer
to D2 or D3 schools. It it were my son Clemson would be a no brainer.

1eyedJack

November 24th, 2011
6:19 pm

Now that should be considered “showing some love”. I wouldn’t care if he put an ad in the shopper if it’d work.

Plenty of carries for ya Keith, and Todd. Clemson, however, will teach you to repair your tractor.

No interest in Tech? Hmmmmm.