The younger brother of Georgia running back Keith Marshall liked the idea of playing football with his brother in college, but it didn’t work out with the Bulldogs.
However, Marcus Marshall, an emerging prospect at running back out of North Carolina, could end playing for Georgia’s archrival.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder will take an official visit to Georgia Tech next week. Marcus has the Yellow Jackets listed as one of his finalists, along with Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and James Madison.
“My brother was excited that Georgia Tech offered me last month,” Marcus said. “He said that if I went there, we could play against each other next season.”
Marcus has taken a different path to big-time college football than his famous sibling, who was a nationally-known prospect as a sophomore out of North Carolina’s Millbrook High School. Some of the fast start in recruiting had to do with Keith’s accomplishments in track.
When Keith signed with UGA in 2012, he was rated as a 5-star prospect and the nation’s No. 2 all-purpose running back. It has taken a little longer for his little brother to get his name out there.
Marcus is a 3-star prospect, and he attracted attention from scouts after a stellar season at Millbrook High School. He’s not as tall and fast as his brother, but he’s fast enough and he’s known for his tough running between the tackles.
Marcus rushed for 2,198 yards and 30 touchdowns, breaking both of his brother’s single-season records in those categories.
What about UGA? The Bulldogs appear to be taking only one running back in this year’s class, and they already have a commitment from Chris Carson of Butler junior college.
Marcus has gone to a few UGA games every season to see his brother play, but he never really talked to the Bulldog coaches about recruiting.
“Georgia is obviously a good school with a good football tradition, but I would rather do my own thing,” Marcus said. “I mean, I wouldn’t have turned down Georgia.
“At the same time, I’m perfectly fine with the opportunities I have. I’m just glad to be playing somewhere in college.”
Georgia Tech fell in love with Marcus after watching his senior film.
“We had three playoff games this year, and Marcus scored all 12 of our touchdowns and had over 700 yards rushing – that was in three playoff games against some pretty good teams,” Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said.
“Georgia Tech saw what he did in the playoffs, saw his game film, and started recruiting him pretty hard.”
The Yellow Jackets already have five commitments at running back in their recruiting class but are looking to sign one more after losing six at the position from this year’s team. Marcus projects as a hybrid who can play both the A-back and B-back positions.
“Georgia Tech obviously has good academics and a good football tradition, but I don’t really know much about them,” Marcus said. “I’m looking forward to learning more during my visit.”
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