Five star running back has SEC interest

One of the top running backs in the country recently picked up an offer from the University of Tennessee. Now Keith Marshall of North Carolina has 21 offers, does he have interest in the Volunteers? Go "Inside" to get the latest on his recruitment.

One of the top running backs in the country recently received an offer from the University of Tennessee.

North Carolina High School athlete Keith Marshall confirmed with InsideTennessee.com he indeed has an offer and interest in the Vols.

"I knew the offer was coming," Marshall admitted. "I had called the Tennessee coaches, they told me an offer would be extended soon, I'm glad it happened. I was very excited about it."

Marshall currently has 21 offers and admits he doesn't have an early favorite.

"No sir, no favorites right now," Marshall said. "I haven't been to the Tennessee campus, I will probably try to take a visit there, I'm not sure yet."

Marshall, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back with 4.32 speed, has already earned a five star rating from Scout.com.

His strengths include his acceleration, his change of direction and his overall vision of the field.

"Marshall is the total package at running back," said Chad Simmons, Scout.com Regional Manager. "He has a good initial burst when he touches the ball, he runs behind his pads, he has vision you can't coach and he has the speed to take it the distance from anywhere on the field."

Marshall appears to be impressed with Volunteer Head Coach Derek Dooley.

"I have talked with him briefly when I called, he seemed like a nice guy," Marshall said. "Other than that I'm not real familiar with his coaching staff yet."

Tennessee is intriguing to Marshall due to the Vol's tradition and the fact that they are a member of the SEC.

"I know Tennessee is a good program with a lot of history," Marshall said. "The SEC is obviously the most competitive conference in college football. Considering the fact that the last five National Championships have been won by SEC teams."

Marshall currently holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, USC and Virginia Tech to name a few.


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