For the second straight recruiting year, the Georgia Bulldogs have landed the No.1 running back in the nation. According to ESPN, Keith Marshall committed to the University of Georgia and gave them a much needed bump in running back depth.
Last season, the Bulldogs signed No.1 running back Isaiah Crowell. His impact has been immediately felt on the field. He was recently voted the SEC freshman of the year.
Marshall will enroll early at UGA, starting classes in January after playing in the Under Armor All-American game.
What makes this so special for UGA fans is that their program has been hindered by running backs with off the field issues and grade issues. It got so bad at one point this season that three of the top four running backs were suspended and another injured. As a result, they had to turn to a former walk-on.
This will not be an issue with Marshall, who boasts a 4.29 GPA and is a high-character kid.
On the field, as I have reported in the past, Marshall is a "can't-miss" superstar. The 5'11", 190-pound running back is known for his 40 time of 4.32; he once was clocked at 4.25 at a University of North Carolina football camp.
However, his 40 times only tell a small portion of his story. Marshall sees the hole before the hole is even created. As a result, he is in full stride before the defense ever sees him. Once he is through the hole, he becomes a human video game.
Marshall is able to plant and cut without ever gearing down, and once there is daylight he will not be caught until he stops in the end zone. He has a gear that 99.9 percent of college football players do not have.
Many people see his size and believe he is a finesse-only player. However, for a back his size he is not afraid of contact. He will never be mistaken for Jerome Bettis, but Marshall runs low to the ground and runs behind his pads with good lean. He also has great hands and quick feet.
There really is very little weakness to his game. He needs to bulk up, but he can play at his current weight.
Marshall is going to be one heck of a football player and is going to make Bulldogs fans proud.