Georgia gets an important flip from their arch rival Auburn. Three-star defensive end David Marshall (6’2″, 256) out of Thomaston, Georgia has been committed to Auburn for four months, but Kirby Smart and staff were able to pry him away.
Marshall seems to be underrated, as he falls outside the Rivals250. However, he does rank as the 21st strong defensive end nationally.
This signing is crucial for Smart and staff, as it will take a collective effort to replace All-American defensive end Leonard Floyd, who has departed for the NFL. Georgia had exhausted an effort to sign Florida State signee and top-tier defensive end Brian Burns. Those efforts fell short, however Marshall may come as a lower rated player, but offers some of the same skill set that Burns possesses.
According to Scout, Marshall is described as an athlete who “passes the eye test” and “likes to bullrush.” This fits Georgia’s desired mold defensively, as it has been quite some time since Georgia has obtained a legitimate pass rusher, and Marshall could be that guy.
Georgia made a late push for Marshall at the finish line, and it paid off. The official and unofficial visits in consecutive weekends was an impression that Marshall was shifting gears, to head from one SEC rival to another.
Marshall is one of the first signings of the “afternoon wave”, as the decisions of other recruits are still to come. Be sure to follow SicEmDawgs.com as the 2016 class continues to take shape.