Texas offers former UGA DB as a quarterback

One of the state’s most inspirational recruiting stories this year involves a former UGA football player.

Since being dismissed from UGA nearly a year ago, Nick Marshall of Wilcox County High School has resurrected his career – and life – somewhere in the middle of Kansas.

The former AJC Super 11 selection switched back to his preferred position of QB, enrolled at Garden City junior college, and had a breakout season that has attracted attention from big-time college scouts.

Former UGA DB Nick Marshall was offered at QB by Texas this week (AP)

Former UGA DB Nick Marshall was offered at QB by Texas this week (AP)

“Nick had a great season for us, and that opened up a lot of doors for him,” Garden City coach Jeff Tatum told the AJC.

Texas is the most recent scholarship offer for Marshall, who is also considering Kansas State and Indiana, among others. Auburn has also expressed heavy interest.

What about that Texas offer? “They are really excited about recruiting him,” Tatum said. “They want to do a little more up-tempo offense and a little more zone-read. And they want a little more athletic quarterback than they’ve been playing with.”

This time last year, Marshall was finishing up a promising freshman season at UGA at another position, defensive back. However, in February, Marshall was one of three Bulldog players dismissed from the school for their involvement in a theft-related incident.

Nowadays, Marshall seems a world away from mistake. He’s playing his old position, he’s successful at doing it, and the colleges are noticing. It has been a magical transformation.

“When Nick was dismissed from Georgia, I talked to his high school coach (Mark Ledford), and he thought Nick needed to get out of the area so he could start from scratch, where nobody really knows anything about him,” Tatum said.

“He made the trek to Garden City, and he hasn’t been any trouble at all. He’s really grown up a lot as a person. With him playing quarterback, it’s put him in a situation where he’s a leader and now people are following him.

“Not a lot of people get second chances. Some of them do, and don’t make the best of it. He really has.

“Nick’s story is a great story, and you have to give him all the credit for it.”

Last spring, Marshall enrolled at Garden City without the guarantee of playing quarterback but quickly earned the spot in off-season workouts. This season, Marshall passed for 3,142 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games. In the team’s bowl game, Marshall came in with 41 seconds left and led the offense down the field with two clutch passes that set up the game-winning field goal.

“I think anybody that saw Nick play at Georgia knew that he was capable of some great things with the ball,” Ledford said. “He just did it out there in Kansas. He did all he could to prove himself at Garden City. They allowed him to play his game, and he was a dynamic player for them.

“Nick wanted to go to junior college and prove he could play quarterback – not to everybody else, but to himself.”

Marshall resembled the old form he had at Wilcox County, where he set the GHSA record for career touchdown passes with 103.

Nick Marshall has redeemed himself in one year -- and went to Kansas to do it (AJC)

Nick Marshall has redeemed himself in one year -- and went to Kansas to do it (AJC)

“I really think the whole time his heart was at quarterback,” Tatum said. “He’s such a good person that he would never go into the office and tell Coach Richt and Coach Bobo ‘If I don’t play quarterback, I’m going to leave.’ You know, Nick trusts the coaches he plays for, and they told him (defensive back) was the best situation for him. And that’s what he did, and he got to play as a true freshman at Georgia, which a lot of people don’t do.

“If he had wanted to play quarterback at Georgia, he was going to have to redshirt. If he wanted to play in the games that first year, he was going to have to play in the secondary. And Nick is so competitive that he wanted to get on the field, so he was like ‘OK, I’ll play in the secondary.’”

What about UGA and Marshall now? There hasn’t been any communication between the two sides, and the Bulldogs already have a 2013 commitment at quarterback in Camden County High School’s Brice Ramsey.

“I think (the dismissal) was a big negative at the time, and I would’ve loved to see him continue on at Georgia,” Ledford said. “But maybe in the end, things will work out well for Nick elsewhere.”

Added Tatum, “Everybody deserves a second chance, and I believe he’s learned from what happened at Georgia and used it as a positive to move forward with his life.”

Marshall will make his college decision after taking an official visit to Texas on Jan. 18. He will have to wait until the summer to enroll at a four-year college but will have three seasons to play two.

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185 comments Add your comment

Vampire Bill

January 2nd, 2013
10:11 am

Love to see Nick back at UGA. It’s all about forgiveness!

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 2nd, 2013
10:13 am

Nick you are a fool……If you wanted to be a QB you should have taken the TECH scholarship offer from the start. You wouldn’t have been in trouble like at you were at UGa and you could have been a QB from the start.

South Georgia Football

January 2nd, 2013
10:19 am

I’m anxious to see if he has to learn a playbook and how well he does with it. Wilcox’s playbook consists of two plays: “ya’ll run deep” or “ya’ll get open”. There’s a lot more to it than that, but I doubt anyone he played at Garden City was in the same level athletically as him. Single A football and JC football is a big difference from D-1 Big 12. Nick is a great athlete, but in only two years left to play at Texas, is he going to take the job from David Ash?

joe

January 2nd, 2013
10:22 am

We don’t need him anyway…

kingdaddy

January 2nd, 2013
10:23 am

Smart
Wouldn”t have been in trouble like you were at UGA??? Really? No kids ever get in trouble at Tech, lol…

LawDawg

January 2nd, 2013
10:23 am

“Inspirational?” He’s a felon who stole from teammates. This is no more inspirational than Mettenberger getting picked up by LSU. Miles and Brown just have lower standards than Richt.

ignition

January 2nd, 2013
10:23 am

I think the guy made 2 mistakes in choosing:
1. UGA clearly disrespects the Black quarterback
a. Cam Newton (recruited as a TE)
b. DJ Shockley ruined his career
c. Nick asked to be a DB (after breaking the state passing record)
He should have NEVER went there.
2. The environment around UGA is apparently toxic for young impressionable minds particularly for the football team during the off season.

Good to hear he bounced back. Hope he has more success in the future.

just a fan

January 2nd, 2013
10:23 am

The quarterbacks at Texas are average at best if he goes there he will have an opportunity to play right away.

GO Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JSS

January 2nd, 2013
10:25 am

Hate this stalking of 18-22 year olds, but this was the best possible thing that could have happened to young Marshall… He got out of this state, he’s gone back to being what he was best at, playing QB… I hope Brown doesn’t screw him up like he did Vince Young… Go out there and do your best, become the best man you’re capable of becoming… Football is a game, opportunity on the other hand is golden!

www

January 2nd, 2013
10:28 am

the kid should have gone somewhere besides UGA frm the start.

kingdaddy

January 2nd, 2013
10:30 am

Nick,
sorry it didn’t workout for you here, but I hope this is your “second-chance”. Good Luck…

Paddy

January 2nd, 2013
10:36 am

South Georgia…..He is already better than what Texas has and the offense they want to run. He will have 3 years at a school not 2.

Dawg89

January 2nd, 2013
10:49 am

Good luck, Nick. Glad to hear about your success.

kingdaddy

January 2nd, 2013
10:50 am

Love the way some of you “adults” act towards kids. I’m sure everyone here criticizing this young man never made a mistake yourself. Try not to be such a hypocrite when it involves others children. What if he was your kid and he made a mistake? Would he deserve a second chance, or would you disown him? Too many kids just like him make mistakes, but “never” get a second chance and are stigmatized by a society that has little sympathy towards others. Nick made a mistake and paid dearly. Some of you adults need forgiveness just as much as Nick. Maybe you’re bitter because you were treated just like you are treating Nick, with apathy and disdain. It won’t hurt you to be happy this kid recieves a chance to “redeem” himself…
Nice article MC…

Rick James

January 2nd, 2013
10:51 am

@A person SMART enough to know…..

Nick you are a fool……If you wanted to be a QB you should have taken the TECH scholarship offer from the start. You wouldn’t have been in trouble like at you were at UGa and you could have been a QB from the start.
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So it’s Georgia’s fault that Nick was stealing from his teamates and was kicked off the team!! Wow! What’s stopping Tech from signing him now? Other than the fact that players of this caliber dont want to play in that Knute Rockne offense.CPJ cant recruit..

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 2nd, 2013
10:51 am

KingDaddy you know UGa has had more players in trouble for stupid things than Tech has the last few years.

Gcock

January 2nd, 2013
10:55 am

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 2nd, 2013
10:56 am

Rick he would not have been with the other UGa players that were stealing too if he were at Tech. You can figure that out can’t you?

A-1

January 2nd, 2013
10:57 am

Good luck kid..agree with (ignition). Its not lower standards (Lawdawg) “its who you are and how bad we need you”..I love Richt but he’s not perfect and he has to win to keep his job.

Bless of Luck kid and keep your nose clean.

PR

January 2nd, 2013
10:58 am

Would rather see him at Texas than Auburn… wish UGA could find a way to get him back. He’d be starting at safety next year…

Go Dawgs!

82Dawg

January 2nd, 2013
10:58 am

@Paddy..Are you sure about the eligibility? Last year at Georgia this year at JUCO….I thought the JUCO counted against the eligibility.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 2nd, 2013
10:59 am

I just sharted

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 2nd, 2013
11:00 am

Moist Dawg

January 2nd, 2013
11:03 am

He will end up at auburn. They will offer the most money and have no admission standards as long as you can run fast.
How any rational person can cheer for that dump is beyond me.

Valyboy32

January 2nd, 2013
11:05 am

Well no way bryce ramsey better than nick marshall no way in hlll. The black qb situation at uga is debatable no matter what yall say! Just like the qb from Gainesville how in the hell you gonna let him get out of state!!! Deshuan Watson better than every qb at UGA! Im still a dawg but they do suspect stuff over there and ROLL TIDE right about our Oline!

cd

January 2nd, 2013
11:15 am

no way the guys is a qb at a good school. safety is his only shot at nfl.

only a matter of time

January 2nd, 2013
11:18 am

Ignition back at 10:23 am hit it on the head!! Anywhere but UGa for a black QB. The ironic thing about it is the last time CMR smelled an SEC or a national championship he rode a black QB to the title. IMO, he’s under economic pressures from the check writer’s i.e alumni etc to keep his QBs a certain hue. If ignition is wrong I don’t see too many one here disputing with facts.

Smart.... change name to DUMB because....

January 2nd, 2013
11:18 am

your juvenile posts are that of a 12 year old. Go buy a life!

Ghost of Sinkwich

January 2nd, 2013
11:22 am

Glad to see him get a second chance. Coach Richt would probably welcome him back, but with the recent history of team discipline problems. Richt feels that it is best to not let him return, to the team.
Just my two cents worth

2013

January 2nd, 2013
11:23 am

The “racial” posts on here are just plain STUPID…

Oh by the way… early reports from the Under Armor All Star Camp are indicating that Brice Ramsey is the top QB performer there as of today.

westtexasdawg

January 2nd, 2013
11:24 am

@SMART: HA HA HA HA …That was a good joke…. I am guessing you were joking…right?

Rick James

January 2nd, 2013
11:28 am

@A person SMART enough to know…..

Rick he would not have been with the other UGa players that were stealing too if he were at Tech. You can figure that out can’t you?
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You’ve hit an all time high in being silly.Did other players at Tech lead Rueben Houston astray when he was running his campus drug cartel? No,he did because he chose to be a criminal.Nick stole because he made a choice to steal.Why are you blaming his teamates and he’s not? Silly

@ignition

January 2nd, 2013
11:28 am

You’re an idiot. Shockley had a couple of great years at UGA. Not many college QBs would have played over David Greene. And Christian Lemay will be getting his shot in a few years.

The Truth

January 2nd, 2013
11:34 am

It’s like Chris Rock said, why do you give credit for doing what you’re supposed to do? I agree with the other poster that he’s nowhere near inspirational, however it is nice to see that he’s working to get back into D1 after making a mistake. Can we say that Sanford Seay and Chris Sanders have “turned the corner” as well? From what I’ve heard the answer is a resounding no.

Destin Dawg

January 2nd, 2013
11:34 am

Richt disciplines his players.. hats off to him… no racial basis… Marshall stole from his own team mates… Mett got kicked off for spring break party in Valdosta… both will play for less principled coaches… go Dawgs… good win over Nebrska… sign some linemen !!!

tide roll

January 2nd, 2013
11:37 am

Only Richt. Only Booboo and ONLY UGA. Sheesh. CAM NEWTON’S a tight end. NICK MARSHALL’S a defensive back.You recruit GAINESVILLE’S BLAKE SIMS as an “ATHLETE”. He’s now being groomed as a read option QUARTERBACK at, where else,ALABAMA You don’t offer the best dual threat Quarterback in America, Elite 11 Regional winner and UGA LEGACY, ANTHONY JENNINGS, who will be an early enrollee at LSU. You don’t offer: JOSHUA DOBBS (ARIZONA), JONATHAN MCCRARY (VANDY),or DESHAUN WATSON (CLEMSON). It’s soooo obvious what’s going on here. And the truth of the matter is this: These QUARTERBACKS, like CAM and NICK are better off away from UGA. You think they’d get a fair shake with “COUNTRY MIKE” Bobo, and MARK “I’ll sell you out in a New York Minute” RICHT? HELL NO! 33 years. You deserve every one of them.Shameful

lol

January 2nd, 2013
11:41 am

Blake Sims will never play at Alabama.

ignition

January 2nd, 2013
11:41 am

@ tide roll this is an area to which I completely agree with you. It’s a disgrace and another embarrassment to which their are many in regards to UGA. They get what they deserve.

hammerhead

January 2nd, 2013
11:41 am

This has nothing to do with race. This kid can certainly play DB at the D-1 level. It remains to be seen whether he can play QB at the D-1 level. Regardless of his skin color, his talents do not fit the system Georgia runs. It sounds as though Texas is considering a change to an offense that fits Marshall’s strengths as a QB. Georgia runs a pro style offense. Marshall is not a pro style QB. Plain and simple.

The Truth

January 2nd, 2013
11:43 am

Tide Roll – you’re an idiot. Get your head out of your rectum and your mind out of the 1960s. You clearly are uneducated, as are most racists. I’m surprised you can read or complete a sentence.

hammerhead

January 2nd, 2013
11:46 am

I should add that Georgia’s offense won the bowl game outright with very little help from an overrated D and Georgia’s offense almost won the SEC CG, again, with very little help from their D. Say what you will about Mike Bobo, but Georgia’s offense and Aaron Murray, in particular, was the key to a 12 win season and a possible top 5 finish.

A GT fan

January 2nd, 2013
11:52 am

@ Rick James,

You do know UGA only beat Nebreska b/c the Conrnhuskers “didn’t want to be there” right?

ignition

January 2nd, 2013
11:53 am

@ hammerhead What’s a pro-style offense ? The one that the Redskins, Seahawks, and Panthers run?
Seems the pro’s have figured out to adapt their O to the talents of their players, and Richt seemed fine running the offense with Charlie Ward. Ward at UGA would have been asked to play defensive back.

A GT fan

January 2nd, 2013
11:59 am

Earth to Hammerhead …..

Nebraska is probably the worst 10-win team D-1 has seen in some time. They gave up 63 pts to Ohio State, and 70 pts to a 6-loss Wisconsin team.

Are you telling me those two offenses are that much better than UGA’s?

12 of 17 UGA was on 3rd downs vs. Nebraska. Excluding the Jacket’s past 2 games, that’s a GT-like Defense.

A GT fan

January 2nd, 2013
12:01 pm

Go dawgs …

tide roll

January 2nd, 2013
12:04 pm

And it’s even worse along the offensive line. In the name of all that is holy, move Chris Burnette ( if he stays) to center and Mike Thornton to left guard. If Richt and Bobo go up to Death Valley next with “Boss” Andrews and Dallas Lee at center and left guard, look for your “Quarterback in Waiting”, the kid with two last names, to get, not decleated, but DECAPITATED. What is it with Richt and Bobo anyway? Everybody and their brother, if they watched the bowl games, witnessed the caliber of athlete on defense for Clemson, LSU, and South Carolina, And wait till you see what Muschamp is brewing up for y’all down at Florida. And knowing all of this, you’re going to start a woefully undersized offensive center AND Guard. YOU DON’T MATCH UP! But that’s not enough, your putting a cherry on top with the least mobile Quaterback at UGA since who, Mike Bobo? I honestly don’t think Richt has the capacity to forsee things and act to prevent them from occurring. How else to you explain it? He and Bobo don’t see the train coming until it’s run over them.

Michael Carvell

January 2nd, 2013
12:05 pm

2014 Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson is the best QB this state has produced out of high school since … I don’t really have anybody to compare Watson to. Not sure why he doesn’t have an UGA offer, not does he. Watson is committed to Clemson but looking around.

Nick

January 2nd, 2013
12:12 pm

Good luck to him

doug dawg

January 2nd, 2013
12:15 pm

he’s gone and welll rid of. it was NOT his talent or ability; it was that he was/is a criminal. notice how much better uga did this year with this ‘element’ off the team? let him contaminate some one else’s locker room and team.

The Truth

January 2nd, 2013
12:19 pm

Tide Roll – That gas isn’t going to pump itself – get back to work before you lose your 3rd job in 4 weeks!