NC Junior A Top RB Prospect

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Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) star Keith Marshall enters the 2010 season as one of the top juniors in the Tar Heel state. The 5-11, 180-pound running back expects to receive 10 written scholarship offers – including one from Virginia Tech – at the beginning of his junior year, the time when he can begin receiving official offer letters.

A speedy back with 4.4-second speed in the 40, Marshall rushed for 1,166 yards in just nine games in his sophomore season. The talented prospect eyes more in his junior year, having lifted virtually every day this past offseason. He also worked with a trainer three days a week.

“I’ve gotten bigger, stronger, faster, and quicker since last season,” Marshall said.

Marshall has attracted national attention with Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech being seven of the 10 schools to have verbally offered this offseason.

“All of the colleges recruiting me are recruiting me as an every-down type of back,” Marshall said. “I think Virginia Tech is looking at me to have a similar roll to Ryan Williams.”

Millbrook’s season is the highest priority for Marshall, who may attend a few college football games this season. For the most part, though, he will focus more on recruiting following his junior season. Marshall isn’t certain, but he is “strongly considering” early enrollment at whatever school he chooses.

At this point, are there any favorites?

“Yes,” replied Marshall, who wants to attend a school with a good football program and a good Business program. “There are a few schools, but I am still looking at everybody and considering all options.”

Virginia Tech seems to be firmly in the running here, although Marshall didn’t get specific with respect to favorites. He was in Blacksburg for the Nike Camp this past May.

“It’s a good program and I plan to take a closer look at the football program and the school,” Marshall said of Virginia Tech. “I was planning on visiting this summer but summer track took up a lot of time, so