Tigers, Tide on top for Marshall

Georgia defensive lineman David Marshall backed off of his Auburn commitment last week and also spent considerable time on Alabama's campus, but the pecking order for his services has not changed.

After being committed to Auburn for nearly three months, three-star Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee standout David Marshall backed off of the pledge, citing family reasons.

Since, he's been to Alabama and has been in contact with Clemson and Ole Miss while AU remains in pursuit of his signature. Each of the programs still in play have offered the versatile defensive lineman a verbal scholarship.

"My recruiting is going well after I decommitted from Auburn," he said. "A lot of schools are contacting me after I had did that Tuesday."

Marshall spent several days in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's initial prospect camp of the season during the time of the decommitment.

"They have been amazing," he said. "Hanging with my bro Reuben (Foster) and the coaches like Kirby (Smart), (Bo) Davis, (Nick) Saban. Like it felt good to be back to visit them.

"They said that they need me because they didn't get that many D-line in the class of 2015. That I would be a big difference on the line. That's means a lot, that they need me to play for them."

Being courted as a defensive end by Alabama, Marshall participated during a portion of the camp in addition to spending time with players and coaches.

"It went great, Nick Saban likes my pass-rush," he said. "How they work out stood out. It's so live, (more) than the other schools I have visited.

"They work out by themselves sometimes. The coaches work them hard. I love the loud music they play when they work out, too."

Despite the lengthy visit, the Crimson Tide is still trailing the Tigers for Marshall's services at this time.

"They're still at two," he said. "Auburn is showing a lot of love to my family. It's a great school to go to.

"I'm going to Auburn for the (upcoming) weekend."

Anticipating a January or February final decision, Marshall has no additional scheduled visits going forward.

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