published Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Tailback Marshall commits to Dogs

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 as the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back and by 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 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."


The number of football commitments at each SEC school and where each is ranked nationally by

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

about David Paschall...

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 ...

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