Keith Marshall rubbed Howard‚Äôs Rock during his official visit to Clemson.
‚ÄúIt was cool to do in recruiting,‚Äù the Georgia sophomore tailback said on Monday. ‚ÄúYou get caught up in all the hype. It was a cool experience. I enjoyed my trip to Clemson. I was close to going to Clemson.‚Äù
On the eve of his college announcement in December, 2011, when he picked the Bulldogs, Marshall said that he thought he was heading elsewhere.
‚ÄúThe night before, I was going to Clemson, but it didn‚Äôt feel right in my heart,‚Äù said Marshall, who will face the Tigers when Georgia plays in Death Valley on Aug. 31.
The tailback from Millbrook High in Raleigh, N.C., spoke the night before his commitment for a couple of hours to his friend and fellow North Carolina high school star tailback Todd Gurley, who later picked Georgia. He also spoke to Ronald Darby, now at Florida State.
‚ÄúI kind of told them I was going to Clemson, but then I changed my mind,‚Äù he said.
Marshall said he woke up in the morning of his announcement and ‚Äúknew I didn‚Äôt want to go to Clemson.‚Äù
‚ÄúI‚Äôve said it before I didn‚Äôt feel right in my heart,‚Äù Marshall said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a great place, great coaches, great people, but I knew Georgia was the place I loved so I had to come here.‚Ä¶The places are very similar. Both have good head coaches and do the right thing. It was a tough decision, but I‚Äôm very glad I came to Georgia. I wouldn‚Äôt trade it for anything.‚Äù
His decision is way in the past.
‚ÄúRecruiting, that‚Äôs over,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs been over for two years so that has no effect on how I feel about this game. It‚Äôs a big game.‚Äù
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