Five-star RB impressed with Clemson

Clemson might as well be called "Running Back U" with the kind of talent it has signed in recent years. Two of the best in the 2011 class are committed to sign in 2011. Will the trend continue in 2012? Perhaps, as the nation's No. 2 overall prospect visited this past weekend.

RB Keith Marshall Profile

The No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2012 trekked down to Clemson last weekend for his first Tigertown visit since the summer.

Junior running back Keith Marshall has already rushed for 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns through nine games at Millbrook High School (Raleigh, N.C.).

Offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running backs coach Andre Powell caught up with Marshall for one-on-one chats on the sidelines before Saturday's game.

"The coaches just let me know that they really want me and that I was one of their top focuses for the class of 2012," Marshall told CUTigers.

"The atmosphere in Death Valley was crazy."

Five star running back Keith Marshall was on hand Saturday for Clemson's win over Georgia Tech. (Roy Philpott)
So far this season, he's also taken visits to Georgia and North Carolina.

"They all were good experiences," Marshall said.

The five-star prospect already claims a long list of offers, including one from Clemson.

Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern California and Virginia Tech.

"The recruiting process has been exciting and a little overwhelming at the same time," Marshall said. I'm in the process of coming up with a list of favorites now.

When asked what stood out from Saturday, he listed atmosphere, coaches and facilities.

Marshall has a few things to keep in mind as he continues with the recruiting process.

"I'm looking at the football program and the academic record at each school," he said. "I'm not sure when I'm going to make a decision yet."

Through eight games this season, Marshall has 1,261 yards and 15 touchdowns. Top Stories