The other day, I mentioned the recruitment of Nick Marshall. As I believe everyone is aware, I am particularly interested in the Wilcox County quarterback because I have family ties to the area. My great-great-grandfather, Isom Nathaniel Underwood Cook, returned home from the War and wished to get away from reminders of the conflict that saw him confined to a prisoner of war camp in Point Lookout, Maryland; being from Andersonville, he found this difficult to do in his native land, so he moved to the vicinity of Abbeville, and I have had family in Wilcox County ever since.
Marshall, the top quarterback prospect in the state for 2011, reportedly also has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee. He received his offer from Georgia last December, and I received an e-mail during basketball season from someone who said he saw a couple of Alabama assistant coaches at a Patriot basketball game. (Marshall averaged almost 30 points per game as a junior, and he recently was named the roundball player of the year by the Macon Telegraph.)
His two-sport talent has generated interest from other suitors, as well. Joker Phillips and John Calipari both covet Marshall, and Kentucky is making a push to secure his services in football and basketball. Alfred Rawls, who played his high school football at Wilcox County and his college football at Kentucky, still lives in Lexington but attends Patriot sporting events when he comes home to visit family, so the Wildcats may have more of an inroad than you think.
The dismissal of Zach Mettenberger makes it even more critical, and even more likely, for the Bulldogs to land an elite quarterback. I'm holding out hope that the QB of the future in Athens is Nick Marshall.