In Clover Hill athlete Joel Caleb and Ocean Lakes defensive end Eli Harold, we know of at least two in-state rising juniors Virginia Tech has verbally offered (a prospect can’t receive written offers until the beginning of his junior year). Running back Keith Marshall , a top rising junior out of Millbrook High School (Raleigh, N.C.), also has a verbal offer from Tech. The 5-11, 175-pound prospect displayed his skills at Saturday’s Nike Camp at Virginia Tech.
“I think I did pretty good,” Marshall said. “I just have to keep working on my pass blocking a little bit. That’s the only thing I didn’t do really good on.”
Marshall played only nine of 12 games in his sophomore season, but he managed to rush for 1,166 yards. Smooth in his cuts, he showed off excellent quickness and moves on Saturday. And he has a big play mentality whenever he touches the ball.
“I’m trying to score every time. I’m real fast, so if I get in the open no one is going to catch me,” said Marshall, who can run the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds.
Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are among the verbal offers for Marshall, who claims eight offers in total. It’s certainly still early on in his recruitment, but Marshall has been doing some research. There are no favorites at this point.
“I’m looking at all schools that have offered me,” Marshall said. “My dad has me doing projects on each school I’m considering so I do my research on them. Like academics and stuff like that, because my dad is real big on academics.”
Marshall has taken unofficial visits to North Carolina and Georgia. A visit to Virginia Tech may be in the works for this spring or summer, as Tech is a program of interest for the talented prospect.
“I did some research on them pretty recently,” said Marshall, who didn’t stay to tour around campus last weekend because he traveled with a friend. “They seem to be pretty good. I know about their running back, Ryan Williams. He’s a monster.”
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