March 25, 2011

Return trip for Marshall

Millbrook High (N.C.) standout Keith Marshall is becoming very acquainted with Georgia and the Classic City of Athens.

Friday night, one of the nation's most coveted running backs with 26 offers to date wrapped up his fourth visit to the UGA campus, touring the facility and talking to Bulldog staff, including running backs coach Bryan McClendon and head coach [/db]Mark Richt[/db].

"Coach McClendon and I were just watching film, running over blocking schemes and such, while Coach Richt and I just talked about life," Marshall said during an interview with UGASports after wrapping up his visit before heading to Auburn.

"I like Athens a lot," he said. "We have family that's close (Atlanta) so whenever we come down we go check them out."

Marshall said Richt did talk about how he would be used should he decide to become a Bulldog.

"Coach Richt was saying its good to have more than one good running back, so me and Isaiah (Crowell), we could feed off of each other so we could both stay healthy and not have to get 30 carries a game," he said.

It's no wonder Marshall has his choice of schools to choose from. In two years, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has rushed for 2,716 yards and 19 touchdowns.

"People say Gale Sayers because I'm smooth and I'm fast," Marshall said. "I don't really try to be like anybody else."

But while he may not pattern himself after any one particular player or have a lead school, Marshall does look up to one former college football great - Bulldog legend Herschel Walker.

"He's a monster; big, fast. I saw him on ESPN," Marshall said. "They say he's the greatest college running back of all time. He's someone that I look up to."

Marshall credits his parents for keeping him focused on what's been an enjoyable, yet grueling recruiting process.

With boxes full of letters and phone calls from coaches and curious media, it can be a bit overwhelming at times.

"The only thing, the mail is a little much, but you don't have to read it," Marshall said. "But it's fine; it's good."

In Marshall's spare moments, you can probably find him on Twitter.

In a recent tweet, he asked his followers which college out there is the real "running back U?" As you might imagine, he got a lot of responses.

"I got pretty much whoever the teams were of the fans, they put them," he said. "I got a lot of different answers."

He also stays in touch with fellow recruits, including highly touted cornerback prospect Geno Smith from St. Pius X School in Atlanta.

"Me and Geno just mess with each other," Marshall said. "We'll talk on Twitter. He'll respond to something I said. Every now and then I'll text him; we just talk about things."

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