And then there were three.
After shuffling through more than a dozen scholarship offers, Tadarryl Marshall has a list of three finalists. The Scout three-star prospect and the No. 142-ranked wide receiver in the 2016 class announced Monday evening that he will play his college football at Alabama, Auburn or Tennessee.
The Leeds (Ala.) High School junior will make a public declaration at the Leeds High auditorium on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Central.
“I’ve been looking forward to it since the day I put it out,” Marshall told InsideTennessee. “I just want to get everything over with.”
The 6-foot, 170-pounder visited Rocky Top earlier this year and returned to see the Volunteers take part in the Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
“It was fun,” Marshall said. “I got a chance to talk to all the coaches again. The last time I came up here it was the junior day. It was just a couple days after they had offered me. It was fun.
“I like the fans; the fans are very nice. They like Tennessee football.”
While Marshall said “the fans” stuck out to him, he also mentioned being impressed by the incorporation of the one-on-one competitions between players, which showed him the Vols coaches “get it.”
“They just like to have fun — upbeat,” Marshall said. “They’re not that much older than the players on the team. So they know what they like. They know how to keep you pumped. That was fun.”
Passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and defensive coordinator John Jancek have all kept in touch with Marshall on a consistent basis since pulling the trigger on a scholarship offer.
Although Marshall said he came back to Knoxville “just to have fun,” those coaches left that much more of an impression.
“They did a lot, they did a lot,” Marshall said. “I’ve been talking to the coaches almost every day. I call coach DeBord and coach Jancek like once a week. I talk to coach Azzanni on Twitter almost every day. I mean we’re pretty acquainted with each other.”
Marshall represents another state crown winner as the Big Orange staff has already loaded up on signing recruits with rings.
Leeds eliminated Ashford, Clarke County and Munford in succession in the 2014 AHSAA Class 4A state playoffs by a combined score of 134-0 before it rolled UMS-Wright 42-14 in the semifinals and dominated Deshler 30-0 in the state championship. The Green Wave (14-1) had 10 players make the ASWA 4A All-State team not including Marshall.
Marshall finished his junior season with 1,376 rushing yards, 1,252 yards and 23 total touchdowns.