NEW: Guess which SEC school is new leader for ex-Auburn commit?

David Marshall (AJC)

David Marshall (AJC)

After de-committing from Auburn last month, 3-star defensive tackle David Marshall has been searching for the right fit – and the Thomaston native believes he may have found it.

As it now stands, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound prospect confirmed to the AJC that Ole Miss is now his frontrunner.

“They really want me to come there and be a part of their family,” Marshall told the AJC.

Marshall has yielded offers from over 10 schools, including Alabama and Auburn – two programs that he’s been linked heavily to – but says as of late, Ole Miss has been persistent in their bid for his services. More importantly, Marshall says, they’re recruiting him as a defensive end, and they could serve as his best chance to get on the field as a freshman.

“They’re really recruiting me to come and play my freshman year, and that’s a big deal,” Marshall said.

Marshall says he has been in constant contact with Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin, who’s conveyed to him that he’ll have the opportunity to play both the five and three-technique positions, something he says some programs, such as Alabama, haven’t considered. It’s in these roles that Marshall feels he can be the most effective.

“They play physical and they play fast,” Marshall said of the Ole Miss defense. “I like how they team up and play together up front.”

Likewise, Auburn has maintained that it would like for Marshall to play defensive end. And although he decommitted from the Tigers, Marshall still acknowledges that they remain to be one of his leading schools.

“I just wanted to reopen my recruitment and get other schools to start looking at me,” Marshall said of the decision. “I wanted to take the chance and go visit other schools.”

As it stands, Marshall plans on taking official visits to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville and Tennessee, not in any particular order. However, his timetable on making a decision remains uncertain.

“It’ll be a while,” Marshall said. “I’ll probably do it around the bowl games or I might wait until signing day.”

— By Chuck Kingsbury, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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