According to Marshall's coach, it came down to really wanting to play for UGA. Nick Marshall would have accepted a 'ship to Tech if the opportunity with Georgia was no longer available, but that's not where his heart was. He wanted to play in Athens, and whether quarterback or defensive back, if there was an offer from Georgia, Marshall was going to take it.
Couldn't have worked out better for Coach Fox. As I have previously written, Marshall's commitment does not cost the basketball program a scholarship. That's critical, since the whole program has just 13 scholarships available. But perhaps of even greater weight, Nick Marshall's decision gives Coach Fox an early commitment for 2011. Since Marshall is such an outstanding two-sport athlete, and because of the controversy over whether he was going to Tech, all the basketball players and coaches around the state know about his decision.
Marshall framed his rationale for pledging to Georgia in terms of momentum. He sees potential for basketball success at UGA. I do, too.
Of course, we need to make sure that Marshall in fact signs with UGA, but in the meantime, with Marcus Thornton coming to Athens and the prospects for Marshall, we have some good news around the basketball program that should catch and hold the attention of the elite basketball recruits. Hopefully the positive buzz will produce dividends with the likes of Julian Royal, Dai-Jon Parker and others.