Keith Marshall Running Wild

One of the Southeast's best running back prospects for the class of 2012 is Keith Marshall. The 5-11, 180-pound with sub 4.3 speed checks in from Raleigh (NC) Millbrook. Marshall has offers from Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Duke and South Florida.

"I grew up watching Georgia, Michigan, Miami, SC and some other schools," Keith Marshall said.

Both of his parents went to James Madison and Marshall said he does not have any past teammates (playing college football) recruiting him to pick one school over another.

The Gators have had past and current success recruiting the state of North Carolina with players like linebacker Brandon Spikes and 2011 defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan. Marshall said that helps.

"Yes, it shows that players outside of the state of Florida can go down there and be successful in their program. I am very interested in Florida. I haven't had a chance to visit yet, but I will definitely be visiting Florida in the near future. I know they have a lot of talent at running back but since they had Tim Tebow at quarterback they didn't get as many carries as they typically would. I will definitely be watching to see how their running game goes this season."

Another factor Marshall may keep a close eye on is the nation's No. 1 ranked fullback Hunter Joyer. Joyer is arguably the strongest player pound for pound in the entire 2011 class with a bench press of 500 pounds.

"I would love to play with a guy like that."

Marshall talked about his game and what makes him one of the top playmakers in the 2012 recruiting class.

"Speed is definitely my biggest attribute, but besides that I can catch the ball out of the backfield and I'm good at making people miss in open field. I can also run in between the tackles and gain the tough yards."

While it's still too early to have an outright leader, one school that is right in the mix is the University of Georgia. Georgia will definitely be one of the schools he keeps a close eye on moving forward.
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