Juco QB Solidifies Commitment to Tigers

Junior college quarterback Nick Marshall talks about his first visit to Auburn, where he will play this fall.

Garden City, Kan.--Nick Marshall said it took him a bit of time to get back into the swing of things as a quarterback last fall in junior college, but not long.

Marshall, who called signals for Garden City Community College as a sophomore after playing cornerback at Georgia as a freshman, said, "It took me about two weeks. It didn't take me long to transition back to it because I was so used to playing quarterback in high school.

"I would say it was exactly two weeks before I got my footwork and technique back so it didn't take me long at all," said Marshall, who noted he is currently six-foot-two, 205 pounds, about 20 more pounds than he weighed at as a senior in high school at Wilcox County High in Georgia.

The Auburn verbal commitment finished his high school career with a state record 103 touchdown passes. As a junior he led Wilcox County to the Class A state title. The four-star recruit signed with Georgia and played in 13 games as a freshman before being dismissed from the squad for a rules violation, setting the stage for a rebirth as a quarterback on the plains of western Kansas.

His first season back in the saddle was an interesting one. He threw for 2,837 yards and 18 touchdowns. He rushed for 949 more yards and 18 additional TDs.

Nick Marshall is shown as a high school player.

He was in Auburn this weekend to meet his new teammates and coaches. "The visit was great, he said. "I had fun. I got to get with a lot of teammates like Quan Bray, Greg (Robinson), Tre Mason, and when I got there they showed me a good time and showed me how good of a family Auburn can be to me.

"This was my first time ever going there," Marshall pointed out. "When I got there it was a blessing. I have never seen anything like that before, bonding with the team like I did with Auburn. I know it will be a great fit for me.

"I feel great about my commitment," he added. "It's 100 percent that I'll be coming to Auburn."

Marshall noted that he has known Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Rhett Lashlee for a while. He said it was enjoyable to spend time with them on the visit. "It was great because they have been recruiting me since they were at Arkansas State," he said.

"They didn't have a chance to get me at first, but when they got here they gave me another shot at it. He got me. Coach Lashlee is a nice guy and nice to be around. The offense he teaches I feel like I fit well in that offense."

Marshall said he is impressed with the facilities at Auburn and will head to the campus this summer with great expectations plus two years of eligibility to play for the Tigers. "I'm going to try to bring the national championship there and win the Heisman," he said, something that Cam Newton did as a juco QB transfer in 2010.

Marshall said he liked what he saw of the new dorms that will be available for his first season at Auburn as well as the practice facilties, the weight room and a new cafeteria for the athletes. "Everything is pretty much in place," he said.

With Georgia being Auburn's oldest football rival, what will it be like for Marshall to play against his former teammates? "It's going to be crazy because I know how the fans are going to be about it," the quarterback said. "I'm just going to go out there and take care of business."

The QB made the visit with his mother and four aunts. "They are pretty excited," he said. "It's nice because it's within driving distance. For them to be able to come see me play it will motivate me even more."

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