Late last month, Georgia football coach Mark Richt called his tailback situation a "pain in the rear" and made a plea to recruits that there would be opportunities at that position.
Keith Marshall got on board Tuesday afternoon.
Marshall, a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Millbrook High in Raleigh, N.C. gave his nonbinding pledge to the Bulldogs over scholarship offers from Clemson, Florida and South Carolina. He is rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back and by Scout.com as the No. 1 tailback overall.
"After a lot of prayer, thought and consideration, I have decided that I will be enrolling at the University of Georgia," Marshall said at his school as he unveiled a red Georgia hat and promptly received a standing ovation.
Marshall rushed 245 times for 1,891 yards (7.7 per carry) and 25 touchdowns as a senior. He is the No. 31 overall prospect according to Rivals.com and joins Jacksonville offensive tackle John Theus, who is No. 11, as top-50 prospects to commit to Georgia.
Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said Marshall has a 4.29 GPA and "always wants to be perfect in everything he does."
HOW THEY STAND
The number of football commitments at each SEC school and where each is ranked nationally by Rivals.com:
Alabama 21 3rd
LSU 21 5th
Auburn 16 7th
Florida 16 8th
Tennessee 20 12th
South Carolina 20 15th
Vanderbilt 19 18th
Georgia 14 22nd
Arkansas 21 25th
Mississippi State 22 43rd
Ole Miss 11 44th
Kentucky 22 50th
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...