Auburn Likes Marshall As A Defensive Back

Leeds quarterback Tadarryl Marshall talks about adding an offer from Auburn as a defensive back while visiting the Plains.

Leeds, Ala.--Already with several offers early in the process, including Alabama and Georgia Tech, speedy Tadarryl Marshall wasn’t expecting to get an offer from the Auburn Tigers when he visited the campus Saturday, but that’s exactly what happened.

Playing quarterback for the Leeds Green Wave, Marshall hasn’t played defensive back since the start of his playing career as a youngster. That’s where the Tigers see him down the road however after Gus Malzahn and Will Muschamp offered him as a cornerback on Saturday.

“It was really good,” Marshall said of the visit. “I came and met a lot of the coaches. I met Coach Muschamp and Coach T Rob (Travaris Robinson), the defensive backs coach. I talked to Coach Malzahn. It was just a great day.

“They basically offered me as a defensive back,” he added. “He (Malzahn) said he didn’t really know if he wanted to offer me as a quarterback just yet. I’ll have to come back to a couple of camps where he wants to observe me more as a quarterback.”

Having some contact with Auburn over the last few months, Marshall said he wasn’t expecting the offer from the Tigers before he arrived, but he’s glad it came.

“It caught me and my dad off-guard that they offered me as a defensive back,” Marshall said. “I hadn’t played that since little league. They said I had a very good change of direction. They basically went off the leadership standpoint, said I was more than a regular football player.

“Coach Muschamp, we talked earlier this week on twitter and I realized he was a defensive backs coach,” he added. “He (Muschamp) told me to come down and that he really liked my film. I guess defensive back is what they are looking at me at.”

Playing quarterback for his entire high school career, Marshall said even though Auburn is looking at him on the defensive side of the ball it doesn’t hurt the Tigers’ chances at all.

“I just like playing football,” Marshall said. “Wherever the coach things I’ll make a great fit in the offense or defense--just on the field in general.”

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