Alabama defensive coordinator and state of Georgia recruiting specialist Kirby Smart identified David Marshall as a supreme target more than a year ago, around the time he told Scout that Alabama was one of his favorite schools.
After working at the Tide's camp for multiple days, the interest UA has in the Scout.com four-star defensive tackle standout, already 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, has swelled to the scholarship level.
Marshall took the next step in his recruitment and pursuit of that elusive extension at Nick Saban's camp and learned the good news Tuesday.
"Just picked up an offer from the Alabama Crimson Tide, hard work pays off," he said. "Coach [Bo] Davis let me know that he liked how hard I work and how I compete against the other players here in front of me."
"They said I'm going to be a great player if I keep working out like I'm am now."
Smart has developed a relationship with Marshall over the last year-plus and it continued on the field Sunday and beyond.
"They love me though," he said with a laugh. "They love my size and how quick and fast I get off the ball, and how hard I work."
Some of the time between the two wasn't all X's and O's, either.
"Other than the camp, I was just chilling with the coaches," Marshall said.
The Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee standout admits that the 'Bama offer was what he wanted all along, though there's no rush to end his recruitment.
"It is so wonderful," he said. "That school has been my dream school since I was 11 years old. But they told me to take my time, so I will."
Marshall, who admitted Alabama is now the leader or his commitment, will remain at the camp through its conclusion on Wednesday.
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