High-SchoolFootball: Keith Marshall

Elite RB Keith Marshall wins Watkins Award

February, 20, 2012
Former Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) star running back Keith Marshall, who enrolled at the University of Georgia in January, received one more high school honor this weekend when he was announced as the winner of the prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award. The annual honor is given to the nation's top African-American male high school scholar athlete.

Rated the nation's No. 2 running back in the ESPNU 150, Marshall enjoyed a terrific senior season on the field, rushing for 1,891 yards and 25 touchdowns on 258 carries to earn Gatorade State Player of the Year honors and a spot on the ESPNHS All-American second team.

Marshall also excelled off the field in high school, earning a 4.3 GPA in the classroom while serving as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and at a homeless shelter.

Marshall earned the award over fellow standout seniors Jameis Winston of Hueytown (Ala.), Zach Banner of Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.), Alex Carter of Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.), Jonathan Curry of Central (Phenix City, Ala.) and Deion Williams of Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.).

Watkins Award to be announced Saturday

February, 17, 2012
Six of the nation's top high school football players will be in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, when one will be announced as the winner of the prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award. The annual honor is presented to the nation's top African-American male high school scholar athlete.

This year's finalists are:

Zach Banner
Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.), OL

Rated the nation's No. 122 recruit in the ESPNU 150, the USC-bound Banner has a 3.5 GPA, is a winner of the Distinguished Scholar Award and is a volunteer for the Tacoma Sports Association.

Alex Carter
Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.), WR/DB

Rated the nation's No. 111 recruit in the ESPNU 150, Carter signed with Stanford and was the Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior. He has a 4.1 GPA and has served as a volunteer in many ways , including serving as a volunteer reader for elementary school students.

Jonathan Curry
Central (Phenix City, Ala.), TE
The Purdue-bound Curry has a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and is a volunteer with the Special Olympics.

Keith Marshall
Millbrook (Raleigh, NC), RB
Already enrolled at Georgia, Marshall is rated the nation's No. 2 running back by ESPNU. He was named Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior, has a 4.3 GPA and has served as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Deion Williams
Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), FB
Rated the nation's No. 7 fullback by ESPNU, Williams has signed with Duke. He is a member of the National Honor Society, has a 3.7 GPA and is a People to People Student Ambassador.

Jameis Winston
Hueytown (Ala.), QB
Rated the nation's No. 1 quarterback by ESPNU, Winston has signed with Florida State and was named Gatorade State Player of the Year and to the ESPNHS All-American first team this year. The 4.0 student has served as a community tutor and a youth baseball instructor — he's also one of the nation's top baseball prospects.

Click here for more information on the award at The National Alliance of African American Athletes website.
ToddGurleyTom Hauck/ESPNHSTodd Gurley, a senior tailback at Tarboro (N.C.), will announce his college decision on Friday. His top four schools are Clemson, Georgia, NC State and UNC.
Todd Gurley, a senior at Tarboro (N.C.), is one of the top-rated running backs in the nation, possessing the ability to play multiple positions. As a highly sought-after recruit with offers from the likes of Auburn, UNC, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Clemson and NC State, Gurley agreed to chronicle his senior season and recruiting experience leading up to his decision through a diary with ESPNHS.

What's up World!

This Friday the 13th at 2 p.m. is when I will be announcing the school that I'll be taking my talents to next year. On this blog, I will be writing about my top four schools.

The first school I'd like to talk about is UNC. Now, UNC was one of the first schools I had at the top of my list from day one, just to be able to visit them so many times helped me get a feel for the college, and actually at one point of time I thought that was gonna be the place for me for the next four years. But when all the NCAA investigation stuff happened, I kind of fell back to see how everything was gonna work out. I still always kept them on my list, though.

With NC State, if you don't know, one of my bros committed there in K'hadree Hooker (Follow him on Twitter @bighook74) and I also got cool with a lot of other recruits during this process who had committed there. So I knew I would have NC State on my list the whole time. Plus, it's close to home, so all of my family and friends could come see play. Also, being there multiple times on campus to basketball games, the spring game and the football game vs. Maryland — the atmosphere was crazy!

My next top school is UGA, which is a school I visited three times and I see why people say it's a great school. First of all, the food is the best and that's my favorite thing about the school. My bro Keith Marshall goes there now and that would be good to have two NC boys in the backfield representing for our state. Plus, the relationship I developed over time with (running backs) coach Bryan McClendon and coach Richt has been great. Two great coaches running a great program.

My last school is the Clemson Tigers, a school I always wanted to play for after watching C.J. Spiller run there and break records. That was something I dreamed about and now that I have the opportunity to go there, it's just crazy to have my dreams come true. My Clemson visit was the best out of all the schools I visited because the time I had with the players was so much better then every other school, so that's a plus in my book. Even though they offered me late and stopped recruiting for a while, I didn't really care about that because that's just the business of it, so it didn't affect me too much.

I'd like to thank God first for blessing me with this opportunity, my coaches, friends, family, and my town of Tarboro. And a special shoutout to my bros who have been with me through this recruiting process — K'hadree Hooker, Keith Marshall, and Ronald Darby

That's it for now. Thanks for reading all my blogs, follow me on Twitter for more updates @TG1UNO and stay tuned Friday at 2 p.m. for the big announcement!