Marshall, Theus make jumps in ESPNU 150 

January, 19, 2012
The release of the updated and final ESPNU 150 for the Class of 2012 today shows that the Georgia Bulldogs are in the hunt for a possible top-five recruiting class. Georgia already has five commitments among the list, and with around 10 spots left, the Bulldogs could double that number by signing day. Last year’s class, dubbed the “Dream Team,” was rated the No. 6 class in the country, with Georgia inking six ESPNU 150 prospects. The 2012 class, dubbed the “Ring Team” by running back Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook), is already rated No. 5 in the country, with a great chance to move even higher with a strong finish over the next two weeks. Plenty of talent is already expected in Athens next season. View the ESPNU 150 here, and the latest 2012 recruiting class rankings here.

Marshall, a five-star prospect, maintains his status as the No. 2 running back in the country, but moves up one spot to the No. 5 overall prospect in the country after the Under Armour All-American impressed analysts in attendance by adding weight with no loss in explosiveness. He gives Georgia a top-five prospect at running back for a second year in a row, after Isaiah Crowell (Columbus, Ga./Carver) committed to the Bulldogs on signing day a year ago. Marshall is already in Athens and enrolled in classes.

Army All-American offensive lineman John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) stays at No. 28 overall, but the 6-foot-6, 295-pound prospect moves up a spot and is now ranked the No. 5 offensive tackle in the country. Theus committed to Georgia at Dawg Night last July, and he should instantly improve a thin offensive line for the Bulldogs. Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County) comes in at No. 53 overall, and is the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Under Armour All-American has immense upside, and committed to Georgia last summer over Alabama, Clemson and Georgia Tech, among others.
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