Tide courting Tiger commitment

Picking up his Alabama offer last summer and calling the Crimson Tide his dream school before eventually committing to Auburn, David Marshall admits that the race for his signature may come down to the Iron Bowl rivals.

Auburn added a commitment from Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee defensive lineman David Marshall in early March but the race for his signature appears to be ongoing.

Marshall has been public about Alabama, a school that had offered last summer, recruiting him as consistently as any other program on his list.

The three-star, who could play defensive end or tackle at the next level depending on how his 6-foot-4, 270-pound frame develops, admits that the continued interest from the Crimson Tide somewhat effects his thinking during the process.

"It impacts me," he said. "They're still trying to recruit me hard even though I am committed to Auburn. That they still want me to be apart of their program.

"I tell them that I appreciate that they are still trying to get me to come to 'Bama. That I'm still open to any colleges that still want me."

Marshall is in communication with area-recruiter and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who has been tracking one of the Peach State's best since his freshman campaign.

"What I like about him that he is a great coach, that he really cares about his players," he said. "That he will coach you hard for the next level and that he is just a great coach to talk to about football and help you on some stuff that you don't know."

While other programs continue to pursue the rising-senior, who has additional offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Clemson, UCLA, North Carolina, Louisville and several others, it could come down to the Iron Bowl rivals in the end.

In fact, Marshall says there's not much of a difference between each SEC West staple.

"They really the same," he said. "Because they both really care about football and education."

Marshall, who added that both UA and AU are currently recruiting him the hardest, plans on camping in Tuscaloosa this summer.


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