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.)