Tigers Add Talented Juco Athlete

Nick Marshall

Talented junior college athlete Nick Marshall committed to the Auburn Tigers on Monday and could play a number of different positions for Coach Gus Malzahn.

Garden City, Kan.—One of the top athletes in junior college football who was originally a Georgia signee has decided to return to the SEC as 6-2, 205 Nick Marshall committed to the Auburn Tigers on Monday.

He chose the Tigers over Texas, Kansas State, Indiana, Texas Tech and several other college.

"I had a bond with Coach (Rhett) Lashlee when he recruited me for Arkansas State," Marshall tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Then I had a bond with Dameyune Craig when he recruited me out of high school when he was at Florida State. They had kept in touch and I just felt like that was a sign telling me not to miss out on this opportunity.

"On top of that Auburn is the closest school to home that was recruiting me," he added. "That's big for me too."

A talented quarterback this season at Garden City Community College, Marshall played defensive back at Georgia as a freshman and could get a look on either side of the ball for the Tigers. With just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for spring practice, Marshall is expected to get a shot on offense when he arrives on campus in the summer.

"The offense they run gives me a whole lot of opportunities to showcase my talents," Marshall said. "Coach Gus Malzahn is a very good coach and I'm excited to play for him."

Rated a four-star cornerback out of Wilcox County High in Rochelle, Ga., Marshall was a record-setting quarterback in high school as he broke the career mark for touchdown passes in the state of Georgia during his senior season. He finished with 103 touchdown passes. As a junior he led Wilcox County to the Class A title as he threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Playing in all 13 games at Georgia as a freshman defensive back, Marshall made five tackles for the Bulldogs in 2011 before being dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules. That led to him enrolling at Garden City where he revitalized his career on the offensive side of the ball.

Earning the starting quarterback spot this fall, Marshall was a do-everything standout as he threw for 2,837 yards and 18 touchdowns while adding 949 yards and 18 more scores on the ground. Drawing comparisons to former Kansas State standout Michael Bishop, Marshall said it was fun to get back on offense and control the football once again.

"I have been doing it since high school," Marshall said. "It has been a little hard adapting, but if I keep working on it I'll be all right.

"It was nice for me because I had missed the feeling to be honest," he added about playing quarterback once again. "I was used to the ball being in my hands. When I transferred from defense it took me a good two or three weeks to get back into my quarterback role."

A May graduate who plans to get to Auburn soon after that, Marshall has three years to play two for the Tigers.

Marshall is the 16th commitment for the Auburn Tigers and the fifth junior college player. Here is the full list of commitments at the moment.

AU Commit List

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