As a Recruit:
TaQuon Marshall committed to Georgia Tech out of Harris County High School in late July to become the 18th commit of the class. He chose the Jackets over numerous other offers including Duke, Cincinnati, and Georgia Southern. Marshall stands at 5'10", 175 lbs. and played QB and DB in high school. He is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals (5.5) and 247Sports (85).
Georgia Tech has apparently been Marshall's dream school for many years. He has been a huge part of player recruiting since committing to Tech. He's been extremely vocal on his Twitter account when talking to other players and talking about Georgia Tech football in general. It's always great to see commits excited about joining a team, and by the look of it, Marshall will be a great locker room presence and a guy that could be a leader in the future.
Despite a fairly short senior year film, you see most of what the coaches like when looking at Marshall. He's a gifted athlete with very good speed and vision. At the QB position, all of the highlights are on mostly predetermined runs where Marshall completely outruns the defense and makes impressive cuts using his vision. There isn't much of a display of physicality in his highlights - mainly because he outruns everyone - so it will be interesting to see how well he picks up blocking and if he can put his head down and gain extra yardage at the next level.
What to Expect:
I'm fairly convinced that Marshall will spend his career at the A-Back position at Georgia Tech. With the QB position locked up for awhile and a very deep pool of talent at DB, the backfield will be the place where he can find playing time the quickest and use his skill-set in the best way. Other than Dennis Andrews and Broderick Snoddy, A-Back is wide open going into 2015. Paul Johnson always looks to implement a rotation of up to six guys at AB and four of those main six from last year have graduated. Marshall will join 2015 commits Marcus Marshall, Omahri Jarrett, Nathan Cottrell and KirVonte Benson looking to battle for that playing time with current players Isiah Willis and Clinton Lynch. Due to the lack of experience at AB and all of that depth at DB, I could even see a guy like Lance Austin switch over and compete for playing time in the backfield. It's hard to say, but when it's all said and done, I expect Willis and Lynch to be in the rotation due to experience and TaQuon and Cottrell making it out of the true freshmen. Marcus Marshall could definitely surprise people and make the rotation - as well as Austin switching over from defense - but TaQuon could be showing out on the Flats right away for the Jackets.
Congratulations on your commitment, and welcome to Georgia Tech, TaQuon!
Do you think AB is the right position for Marshall? Do you think he gets in the AB rotation as a true freshman?