- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Don’t give up on Texas taking a junior college quarterback just yet.
Garden City (Kan.) Community College quarterback Nick Marshall told HornsNation today he will hold off on making a commitment until he takes a visit to Texas.
According to a source close to the situation, Texas has not stopped recruiting Marshall and plans to bring him in on an official visit.
Marshall, who’s ranked by ESPN No. 5 among all juco quarterback prospects, was expected to announce his decision between Indiana and Kansas State on Tuesday. He was expected to take an official visit to Kansas State this weekend but did not end up making that trip.
Because Marshall will not graduate from Garden City until May, he is not looking to commit and sign with a school before Wednesday’s junior college signing day. That gives him time to make a trip to Austin in January. Marshall does not officially have an offer from Texas yet, though one could come if and when he makes the visit.
That the Longhorns are continuing to look into quarterback help from the juco ranks is a bit of a surprise, considering the coach who evaluated Texas’ options, Bryan Harsin, left the program last week to become the new coach at Arkansas State.
Harsin attended Garden City’s Mississippi Bowl win over Copiah-Lincoln this month and had been in touch with Marshall before leaving UT.
On Monday, coach Mack Brown said he was unsure whether Texas would pursue an additional quarterback for its 2013 recruiting class.
“I’m not ready to go there. I just don’t know,” Brown said. “At this point, we’re not. But I don’t know, that could change.”
Texas already has four quarterbacks on campus and a fifth, four-star athlete Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright), enrolling in January.
Texas did not land Iowa Western Community College quarterback Jake Waters, who will sign with Kansas State this week, and declined to offer Arizona Western College passer Tanner McEvoy after evaluating him.
Marshall began his career as a defensive back at Georgia before transferring to Garden City in February. He accounted for 3,786 total yards and 36 touchdowns with 19 interceptions in 2012 and earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors.