December 1, 2010

2012 back blown away by UA atmosphere

Elite running backs have become the calling card of the Alabama Crimson Tide offense and the latest elite running back prospect to become involved with the Tide is 2012 Raleigh (NC) Millbrook star Keith Marshall. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound star holds over a dozen offers already and with 4.4 speed and a 4.1 GPA, he has the potential to be one of the top all-around prospects in the nation in the Class of 2012. Last weekend, Marshall was in Tuscaloosa to watch the Iron Bowl and to take his first visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"It was by far the best environment I have ever been in," Marshall said. "I have never heard a stadium get that loud before in my life.  It definitely had a big influence on the game. Auburn's offense was frustrated in the first half.  I think they made some adjustments at halftime, but Alabama's fans gave them fits."

Marshall said he plans on continuing to learn more about the Crimson Tide program and what opportunities they can present to him.

"I got there late with my coach which was a little disappointing because I wanted to check things out more, but we are coming back for Junior Day in February to take a tour and spend more time with the coaches.  I met Coach Saban real briefly and talked with Coach Burns probably the most.  He said they would have playing time by the time I got into school, and that they wanted to keep bringing in explosive running backs.  I look up to guys like Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson because they perform at an elite level in one of the top environments in the country."

The Iron Bowl visit was followed by a trip to Georgia the next day to watch the Bulldogs face off against Georgia Tech.

"I checked out the Georgia-Georgia Tech game the next day.  It was a lot of fun as well.  They have some great traditions like the Dawg Walk and they run a lot of pro-style stuff which is what I am looking for.  Both trips were great and I will definitely be back to Alabama and Georgia."

While offers continue to pour in, Marshall said he is not currently naming any favorites and wants to let the recruiting process continue to play out.

"I don't have any real favorites right now.  I have over 12 offers I know and am really just interested in everyone."

Marshall rushed for 1,550 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 games this season.

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