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Monday, January 14, 2013
Juco QB Nick Marshall is SEC bound

By Max Olson

Nick Marshall had lots of good options, but in the end he felt he couldn’t miss out on a second chance at playing in the SEC.

That’s why the Garden City (Kan.) Community College three-star quarterback announced via Twitter on Monday he has committed to the Auburn coaches.

“I feel good about it because now that I have this out of the way, I can focus on my academics,” Marshall said. “I’m glad it’s closer to home, so I know my family can see me play.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound juco quarterback chose Auburn over offers from Indiana, Kansas State and N.C. State. For Marshall, the presence of the Tigers’ new coaching staff made all the difference.

“Coach [Gus] Malzahn is a nice guy and recruited me when he was at Arkansas State,” he said. “And Dameyune Craig, he tried to get me in high school when he was at Florida State. When he came back to Auburn, I felt like that was big and I didn’t want to miss out on playing for him.”

Marshall has yet to take a visit to Auburn but is planning an official visit for the Jan. 25 weekend. He had scheduled an official visit to Texas for this weekend but will not make that visit.

“I’m not going to Texas,” he said. “They’d called me and told me something was wrong with their admissions. Plus, I believe they brought [Case] McCoy back too.”

Marshall, who began his career at Georgia as a defensive back before transferring to Garden City, earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors this season. Now he’s excited to follow in the footsteps of fellow juco transfer Cam Newton and make a run at becoming the Tigers’ next starting quarterback.

“The SEC is where all the talent is at, and I like competition,” he said. “Anywhere you go, you have to compete. We’ll see when I get there. They told me come in, do what I have to do and I’ll be the man.”

Marshall, who accounted for 3,786 total yards and 36 total touchdowns in his only season at Garden City, will graduate from the junior college in May and enroll at Auburn this summer.

Three different quarterbacks earned starts for the Tigers in 2012, and each one returns next season. Auburn also has a verbal commit from No. 9 ranked dual-threat quarterback Jeremy Johnson (Mongomery, Ala./Carver).