Saban courting dynamic Leeds duo

Leeds (Ala.) High fell in the state title game a season ago, but it returns two of the top prospects in Alabama between juniors TaDarryl Marshall and Tre Nation. Each made it to Tuscaloosa on Saturday for a visit, and each remains on Alabama's radar.

Leeds (Ala.) High is one of the top teams in Alabama, and it is 3-0 to kick off the season. The Green Wave opened with a win over defending state champion Madison (Ala.) Academy and its offense has rolled on from that night led by juniors Tadarryl Marshall and Tre Nation.

On Saturday, though, the duo took a detour within their early season schedule to check out Alabama defeat Florida Atlantic. Each remains on Alabama's radar, but it was Marshall who spent more time with the coaching staff this time around, and it included a chat with Nick Saban.

"Coach Saban said he liked my length and since I'm so athletic, he would like to see me play a little DB, safety and wide receiver," he said.

Marshall, an early three-star on Scout.com, plays quarterback for Leeds and registers as a classic dual-threat, so his position projection at the next level is a common topic of conversation when it comes to recruiting.

Still, he's open to moving around.

"It really doesn't bother me," he said. "As long as I get to play, I'll be fine. It feels great to know that all my hard work is starting to pay off."

The 6-foot, 170-pounder spoke to several Crimson Tide assistants while in Tuscaloosa, and the tweak to Lane Kiffin's play-calling came up.

"Coach [Mario] Cristobal , Coach [Tyler] Siskey and Coach Saban spoke to me," Marshall said. "And it was exciting. I like the way they are passing more and more every year."

Naturally, the quarterback situation was his focus during the game.

"I haven't talked to any players, but Blake (Sims) and (Jacob) Coker stood out," he said. "Just because of the different style of quarterback they are."

Florida is the newest SEC program to show interest in Marshall, who has verbal offers from Cincinnati, South Alabama, Navy, Samford, Jacksonville State and Alabama State.

Nation was named running back MVP at the Birmingham NFTC

As for Marshall's backfield-mate, Nation reported enjoying his time in town as well.

"It was good, I had a great time even though it was a blow out," he said laughing. "Alabama has been recruiting me for a while."

Nation, also a three-star on the network, holds offers from Mississippi State, Louisville, UAB, Western Kentucky and several others.


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