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Defensive Lineman David Marshall's Family Like the Auburn Family

Class of 2016 football prospect David Marshall committed to Auburn, de-committed and is back on board with the Tigers and says he plans to sign with Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers.

Thomaston, Ga.--The theme of “Auburn Family” made a big impression on David Marshall and his family on the defensive lineman’s official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Marshall, a defensive lineman from Upson-Lee High School, made the trip to Auburn with a large group of family members and he noted that the Tigers’ coaching staff knocked a home run with Marshalls.

“It went great,” the lineman said about his trip. “Auburn really stands out now because my family, they love it there. They really want me to come here instead of other schools.

“They really feel comfortable with me coming to Auburn,” he added. “It means a lot to me that my family feels comfortable. It’s just a great relationship there.”

Marshall said that he still has two more official visits to take with a trip to Georgia next weekend and a visit to Ole Miss after that. However, his family won’t be joining him on those two visits and he said that he feels strongly about his second commitment to the Tigers.

“This is the only school that (my family) wanted to come visit,” said Marshall. “I’m going to stick with the Tigers (on Signing Day).”

Marshall was even a recruiter for Auburn this weekend as he spent time talking to five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown about joining him at Auburn.

“We talked about the coaches,” Marshall explained. “I really want him to come to Auburn. Especially with Antwuan (Jackson), Marlon (Davidson) and all them, I feel like we’ll be a great group.”

Marshall said he believes that Brown is probably down to three schools with those being Mississippi State, Georgia and Auburn.

One of the highlights for Marshall on his official visit was Saturday afternoon at Auburn Arena where the Tigers defeated No. 13 ranked Kentucky 75-70 in a thrilling game. Marshall admitted that he was one of the first to storm the court after the game.

Marshall’s long-term relationship and re-commitment to the Tigers can be attributed to the hard work the coaching staff has done in recruiting him, he pointed out. He also noted that he really hit it off with new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

“Coach Steele, I think he’s a great person,” Marshall declared. “He’s a funny guy and great coach. I think he’s going to change the defense around from last year. Coach G (Rodney Garner), he loves me a lot. He really wants me to come. He doesn’t want me to go to other schools. It was amazing to come back.”

Marshall noted that the staff wants him to play both inside at tackle and outside at end next year for the Tigers.

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