When the top running back in the nation comes to town, people pay attention.
So, when Millbrook (N.C.) running back Keith Marshall took his first official this weekend in Athens, his attention was directed right back on Bulldog Nation.
"I had a great time. The game day experience was incredible and you can see the passion everyone in Athens has for UGA football. The atmosphere was ridiculous and I really like Coach (Mark) Richt. He's a great man," Marshall said. "After the game we hung out with some players then the next day we did a lot of academic stuff and had dinner at Coach Richt's house."
Marshall said the visit was about as good as it could be. On a scale of 1-10, he said he would rate it a 9.99.
While Marhsall said dinner at Richt's home was the ultimate highlight of his visit, the back-and-forth game between the Bulldogs and Gamecocks was a very close second.
Marshall said he was not only impressed by the atmosphere in the stands, but also the play on the field, paying careful attention to where he could possibly line up next fall.
"I liked the way they ran the ball and the way they were getting Isaiah (Crowell) the ball in space. I think he'll be a very good back for the Dawgs," Marshall said. "I think we could feed off each other and keep each other fresh during the game. And I think competing with him everyday in practice would only make me better. I think its good to have more than one talented back at any school; especially in the SEC."
Another talented back who made the visit with Marshall was friend and fellow North Carolina native, Todd Gurley. Marshall said that while they are close, they are still their own people.
"We are good friends. I think we'd both like to play together but we're not like a package deal or anything."
Marshall, who has accumulated 465 yards and two touchdowns through three games this season, said visit to Georgia was a positive one, but he still intends on exploring his options.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound back said he still has official visits planned for Florida (10/1), Notre Dame (10/22), and Virginia Tech (TBD), and is sticking to guns on when he will make his announcement.
"UGA is definitely at the top of my list along with a couple of other schools. I have to decide by mid-December so that's my deadline."
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