Covington, Ga.--A recent transfer to Newton High where he will team up with Jeremiah Holloman to form one of the best wide receiver duos in the South, speedy Justin Marshall was on the Auburn campus Thursday to check out the Tigers for the first time and work out for the coaches.
Spending time with Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee as well as wide receivers Coach Kodi Burns, Marshall said the day went well for him. Clocking a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and showing good hands, he said Auburn is now very much in the picture with him following the visit.
“What stood out to me was the amount of discipline they have as a team,” Marshall said of his trip to the Plains. “I watched some workouts and guys run around. There were people I watched during the recruiting process before they went there and I saw how they were transformed since high school. Guys like Kyle Davis. It was a pretty good opportunity.”
With Auburn joining Louisville and South Carolina as schools that stand out to Marshall at the moment, he said the Tigers helped themselves tremendously with his Thursday visit.
Getting the chance to work with Burns was one of the highlights of the day for the 6-2 receiver. Heading into his first season with the Tigers, the former Auburn player is just a few years removed from his playing days and that’s something that Marshall sees as a positive.
“I had met Coach Burns when he was coaching at Middle Tennessee,” Marshall said. “I already had a relationship built with him. Once he got to Auburn he started recruiting me and offered. I knew I wanted to make a trip there. Once I got there we clicked from the start. He’s a younger guy so he can more relate to the things we go through in the game since he’s not that far removed.”
Something else that is also a positive with Burns is his familiarity with the Auburn offense. Playing in it and also coaching in it, he knows the scheme at the wide receiver spot as well as anyone. That means he can relate it to players quicker, something Marshall believes could help him get on the field earlier.
“My dream was always to play as a true freshman,” Marshall said. “Being coached by a guy that knows the offense inside and out, he can also teach me the offense where I can be productive in it. It’s a great opportunity.”
Planning to make a decision sometime before the start of his senior season, Marshall said the rest of the summer will be spent continuing to try to narrow things down.