By Derek Tyson.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. – Wake Forest-Rolesville (N.C.) defeated Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook 55-23 on Friday night. Though kept in check for a majority of the game, top-ranked running back prospect Keith Marshall of Millbrook still managed to rush for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
The Wake Forest-Rolesville defense crowded the line of scrimmage most of the night to try and contain the explosive running back. Marshall, who was limited to just three runs of ten yards or more, said the lack of running room was frustrating to him.
“I was frustrated, but I just do what the coach tells me to do,” said Marshall. “I think I played good. I was a little banged up.”
Marshall’s two touchdown runs—of 30 and 22 yards—both came on bad snaps, which caused the defense to balk.
“On [the touchdown runs], what happened was, there was a bad snap or something, so I guess there was hesitation,” he reports. “That opened it up. The last few weeks it was open a lot but that was a real good defense.”
After the tough loss, Marshall heads to Notre Dame on an official visit for the remainder of the weekend to check out the Fighting Irish play the USC Trojans.
“I’m excited because I haven’t been up there yet,” Marshall noted. “I want to see the gameday atmosphere and I haven’t met with the academic people at all.”
Though Marshall doesn’t officially have a top five, he talked more in-depth about some of his favorite schools.
Clemson: “I’m thinking about visiting Clemson. I used to like them a lot, but then they switched running backs coaches so they kind of fell off because I didn’t talk to them much. But now they’re coming at me hard.”
Florida: “I like the coaching staff,” Marshall said. “They seem real cool. They have an opportunity [for a running back] to come in next year and play early. Coach Weis gets people to the NFL. I talk to all four coaches at Florida – I’ve talked to [Will] Muschamp, [Charlie] Weis, [D.J.] Durkin and [Brian] White.”
Georgia: “I grew up liking Georgia. I like the running back coach [Bryan McClendon] a lot and I like the atmosphere down there.”
South Carolina: “I like [running backs coach Jay] Graham a whole lot.”
North Carolina: “I like the school, the coaches and it’s close to home.”
Marshall has already taken visits to Florida and Georgia, and with his official visit to Notre Dame on Saturday, Marshall will have only two official visits left. He said he is unsure of who will get the last two trips.
Although Marshall doesn’t have an announcement date set at this time, he said he is ready to get the process over with.
“As soon as possible—as soon as I know,” he said when asked when he will go public with his decision. “It’s tough. There’s a lot of good choices. I feel like whatever I do, I’ll have an opportunity to be successful. I don’t want to have a big ceremony.”
With his freakish athletic ability, whatever school Marshall decides to attend, he should have an immediate impact as a freshman.