No. 1 RB Keith Marshall commits to UGA

For the second year in a row, the No. 1-rated running back in the nation is headed to UGA.

Keith Marshall of Raleigh committed to UGA on Tuesday, picking the Bulldogs over Clemson, Florida and South Carolina.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder will enroll early at UGA, starting classes in January. He is expected to contribute immediately to the Bulldogs, which have been plagued with major problems and issues with their running backs.

“The first thing Keith Marshall does is give Georgia immediate depth at tailback,” said Rusty Mansell, National Recruiting Analyst for 247sports.com. “He also gives Georgia a game-changing running back, but depth is the biggest thing right now. Whether Isaiah Crowell is healthy or not, they had to add depth to the backfield.”

What can you expect from Marshall at UGA next season? He doesn’t have the same bulk or power as Crowell, but is a track guy who can score from anywhere on the field if he gets into open space.

“He’s probably one of the fastest running backs in the country on the football field,” Mansell said. “But he’s not just a track guy. He’s a football guy that I don’t think gets enough credit for running strong.

“That was the biggest surprise for me going up there to North Carolina and watching him play in person – was how many tackles he breaks. He’s not just an ‘on the edge’ guy. He can stick it up there between the tackles and get the tough 5-6-7 yards that you’re going to need on the college level.”

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Last year, UGA also landed the No. 1 RB in the nation, Crowell. We had to ask: Who is the better RB coming out of high school – Crowell or Marshall?

“That’s a tough one,” Mansell said. “If I had to strictly rank them, I would put Crowell over Marshall by a tad bit just because Crowell was 5-11 and 210 pounds when he came out of high school. He was ready. Now Keith is enrolling early in college, which will be an advantage for him. He will have the whole spring and summer to add bulk. He’s 190 pounds now, and needs to gain only 10-15 pounds to be an every-down back in the SEC.”

UGA now has 16 commitments for its 2012 recruiting class and will likely sign 25 in February. The Bulldogs hope to secure two running backs, with another North Carolinian – Todd Gurley of Tarboro – as a top target. Gurley will announce in early January.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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1,122 comments Add your comment

BigDawg

December 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

First to welcome you to UGA!

Pat

December 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

It only took you 10 minutes to post this???

Trashy

December 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

BigDawg

December 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

We can’t wait for your arrival!!

ADP Dawg

December 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

1st. GO Dawgs.. National title next year!!! yeah baby!

patience

December 6th, 2011
2:58 pm

Chicago Dawg

December 6th, 2011
2:58 pm

Marshall

December 6th, 2011
2:58 pm

Pat, I’m sure he had stories already written and posted the one that applies. #planning

Louisiana-Monroe_Anyone?

December 6th, 2011
2:58 pm

Saban didn’t get him?

alex nichols

December 6th, 2011
2:59 pm

alex nichols

December 6th, 2011
2:59 pm

Pat

December 6th, 2011
2:59 pm

I was being sarcastic. A recruiting “specialist” should be on top of it. Especially a local school.

Hail Munson

December 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

The best thing I heard about the young Mr. Marshall is he’s got a 4.2 gpa.

Louisiana-Monroe_Anyone?

December 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

I get it……Marshall wants to actually compete for SEC Championships…..rather than sit at home the first sat in Dec. every year.

Burbank Dawg

December 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

Fantastic news! How about an O-lineman or two?

Katie

December 6th, 2011
3:01 pm

You’re going to love it here. Athens is the best. Go Dawgs!!!!!

TampaDawg

December 6th, 2011
3:01 pm

CJJScout

December 6th, 2011
3:01 pm

Louisiana-Monroe_Anyone?

December 6th, 2011
3:02 pm

Where are all the alabama enthusiasts? 2 minutes after losing the SEC Championship they crowded the message boards. It’s 15 min post-announcement….where are they?

dawgmancw

December 6th, 2011
3:02 pm

Welcome to dawg nation…gonna be a dgd..

baddawg

December 6th, 2011
3:03 pm

Great! Now get rid of the bad influence Carlton Thomas!

Trex

December 6th, 2011
3:03 pm

Hopefully Marshall will adjust to college and add value to UGA, in the classroom, via community service, and on the field.

JAWJeRDAWG

December 6th, 2011
3:04 pm

Glad to have you at UGA, Keith Marshall!

Can’t wait to see you running in the Red-and-Black at Sanford Stadium, Between-the-Hedges!

Good recruiting day for Coach Richt and Georgia!

Go Dawgs!

timthebrave

December 6th, 2011
3:04 pm

Welcome to UGA. Work hard and run hard. Go dawgs

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December 6th, 2011
3:04 pm

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alphadawg

December 6th, 2011
3:05 pm

you’ve seen what it takes to be a mediocre running back at UGA and still have success. Now let’s see you take the lead on being a great running back at UGA!

Welcome to UGA!

bgdawg

December 6th, 2011
3:05 pm

lol i’m still watching the live interview. hahaha these guys are horrible but KM is humble smart and aint tKING ANY POO CLASSES. he’s taking buisness. apparrently he’s rooming with C.Conley.

GTBob

December 6th, 2011
3:05 pm

Now start the countdown to when he is kicked off the team.

B.I.G. DAWG

December 6th, 2011
3:06 pm

Welcome Keith Marshall to the DAWG Nation ! You will look great in Red and Black! I wish you the best ! Go DAWGS !

Bad Dawg

December 6th, 2011
3:06 pm

Hats off to the young man. 4.2 GPA is what I am most impressed about and his father was a former NFL player so he has a good pedigree. Great pick up for UGA. ADP dawg slow your roll, don’t start the preseason championship talk. Championships are won in the fall not in the spring or summer.

Bob in Buford

December 6th, 2011
3:07 pm

National Championship here we come?

jdawg

December 6th, 2011
3:07 pm

I am good friends with a very close family member. He just decided for sure this morning, and Mark Richt was the difference. I know this for a fact.

Louisiana-Monroe_Anyone?

December 6th, 2011
3:07 pm

Herschel2012

December 6th, 2011
3:07 pm

Welcome to UGA, young man! I am thrilled you are here!

BOB

December 6th, 2011
3:07 pm

UGA vs. Texas should be a headliner by 2013. Two programs that recruit very well and have coaches who have been under fire for not developing their talent to championship performance levels could be headed to a bowl matchup that could determine not only a National Championship but a notable coach’s career.

Bulldawgs2015

December 6th, 2011
3:07 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!! Keith you made one hell of a choice… Please show Crowell some heart and dedication!

Falkor88

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

But according to one report Richt is going to Penn State to coach…..

Granted its one of the dumbest rumors out there!

Hiawassee Dawg

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

good looking young man

bgdawg

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

GtBob- im counting down the days until he runs for 150 yards on your defense.

gbal

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

Great to have you Keith – You and I. Crowell in the backfield …I cant wait. Go Dawgs

AthensDawg

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

I have been sitting in school watching his announcement on my laptop. If Isaiah can stay healthy next year and Keith live up to his hype, boy that is going to be a scary tandem. GO DAWGS!!!!!

Georgia alum

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

Please be a leader on and off the field… and welcome.

True Dog

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

Keith,
Welcome to the Dogs. May your future days be blessed with Long runs, broken tackels and Pass receptiions.

rhino23

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

Welcome Mr Marshall…and while his athletic exploits are well documented, the most exciting part about the kid is his character…star of your state championship high school team + a 4.29 GPA…get here and be a leader!!

Herschel Talker

December 6th, 2011
3:08 pm

Well done, Mark Richt! Keep up the great work.

HT

Italian_29

December 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Keith and CONGRATULATIONS on your free education, take advantage of it.

RxDawg

December 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

Awesome :) Welcome to UGA Keith. Keep your head straight, work hard, and great things will happen. Go Dawgs!

SECWest

December 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

Simmer down pups. You still have Richt and BooBoo to limit your success, you won’t win the games that actually count.

bdawg

December 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

time to start oversigning like LSU and BAMA! It is the only way to stay at that level…more players, cut the bad apples, keep the quality…Depth along the oline and dline

Chris

December 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

Welcome to UGA, Keith! I know that you and Crowell will make a great starting tandem, and have some decent backups too. This is great news!