Nick Marshall changes nothing.

First, I was a bit startled to learn last night that Nick Marshall had committed to Georgia (great get for both Richt and Fox, by the way).  Then, I was even more startled to learn that he had committed as a defensive back.

From there, though, it just gets buttah:

Athlete Nick Marshall of Wilcox County (Rochelle, Ga.) has announced plans to play both football and basketball for Georgia in the Class of 2011.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect was also offered by Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Clemson, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He was a silent commitment to the Yellow Jackets. [Emphasis added.]

A quarterback in high school, Marshall is rated three-stars and No. 31 nationally by ESPNU, but will play defensive back for the Bulldogs…

So let me get this straight – the top rated QB in the state prefers to play a new position for Georgia rather than his current position for the team to which he gave a silent commitment.  In other words, he’s the bizarro Joshua Nesbitt.

If Georgia Tech can’t pull in in-state talent like Marshall, who (1) wasn’t going to play QB at Georgia once LeMay committed and (2) is a good fit for Johnson’s offense, that doesn’t bode well for the long term.  Marshall is the kind of niche athlete that Johnson should be able to make a living from and, more importantly, needs to make a living from.  That he won’t be suiting up in gold just confirms that nothing is very different in Georgia recruiting circles, as much as Tech fans would like to insist otherwise.  (And I can’t help but wonder if Giff Smith’s departure had any effect here.)

As a side note, this brief sour grapes post has just the right hint of tartness to it, especially in light of this earlier declaration.

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10 responses to “Nick Marshall changes nothing.

  1. kckd

    From what I’ve heard, his first love is basketball. However, at 6-2 and a shooting guard the odds are stacked against him in the NBA. Obviously the odds would be stacked against him at QB at GT and he wants to play basketball. His coach says he didn’t want to play QB at the next level because of the time he has to put into studying the position in the offseason would likely mean no basketball.

  2. kckd

    When I said stacked against him at QB at GT, I was referring to making the NFL. Obviously he’d be able to play QB for GT.

  3. Section Z alum

    behold the dipshittery:

    “Smart is considered the heir apparent to the UGA job whenever Georgia decides that Richt simply won’t do. Granted, the Dawgs seem pretty content winning 8-9 games per season (or to put another way, losing 3+ games a season, which Georgia has averaged more than over the last 4 years), but most consider Richt on the hot seat.”

    • NCT

      Yeah, that was pretty ugly at the time. But it’s pretty funny in retrospect, since Richt can’t recruit south Georgia. heh.

  4. ugalaw

    Good get for UGA. Marshall is a superb athlete and if he can manage to excel with his focus on two sports, then UGA will be getting a VERY good one.

    FSU thought for a while that they had him, but the silence the last two months has been deafening on Marshall’s end. Coach Fisher at FSU seemed to have moved on with offers going out the last two months including Rivers (Alabama QB).

    Good get.

  5. JC in Powder Springs

    Seems like the WR & DB recruits are noticing the shrinking number of available schollys at UGA (for this recruiting year), and we’re filling up fast. The Dawgs are doing a great job on the recruiting trail.

  6. 69Dawg

    Well you young boys don’t remember when almost all of UGA’s DBs were ex-QB’s. It was a running joke. After Doug Fluttie won the Heisman a GA newspaper guy said Vince could have made him a great DB. You used to recruit the best athlete and long ago that was always the QB.

  7. Charles D.

    Two Words: Joe Haden.

    Two more: Anquan Boldin

    Two More: Peter Warrick

    Just get the best talent and let them fit where they want.

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