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.
“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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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