Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Texas Longhorns [Print without images]

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
QB Marshall gets closer to decision

By Max Olson

Now that Jake Waters is seemingly no longer an option for Texas, might Nick Marshall be the juco quarterback the Longhorns covet?

Waters, an Iowa Western Community College standout, will make his decision Thursday and will likely pick either Penn State or Kansas State. He won’t have time to visit Texas before then.

That could make Marshall, a dual-threat quarterback from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, a higher priority for Texas going forward, though UT has yet to offer.

The Longhorns might want to do so quickly, though, because Marshall is getting closer to ending his recruiting process.

“I’ll be making my decision shortly,” he said.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback took his official visit to Indiana this weekend and is set to take in Kansas State next. The Hoosiers earned high marks with Marshall.

“The weekend went great. I had a nice time up there,” he said. “They had nice facilities, their coaching staff was very convincing and they showed me a nice time.”

Indiana brings back 10-game starter and former juco transfer Cameron Coffman next season at quarterback. Coach Kevin Wilson made no promises to Marshall when it comes to playing time, but that didn’t bother him.

“They’re not saying I’m the starter, but anywhere you go you’re going to have to go somewhere and compete,” he said.

Marshall enjoyed getting to catch up his cousin Antonio Marshall, a starting cornerback for the Hoosiers, and felt he’d be a good fit in Wilson’s offense.

That factor is more important than most in Marshall’s recruitment -- he needs to play in a spread offense. Indiana provides that opportunity.

“It would be a good option for me,” he said. “I believe that’d be good for me.”

Marshall is looking forward to his official visit to Kansas State and is confident he’d get a fair chance to replace Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein in 2013 if he ends up in Manhattan.

And then there’s the issue of the Longhorns. Marshall has said he’d be open to taking an official visit to Texas in January if he picks up an offer. Until that plan comes to fruition, he’s focused only on Indiana and Kansas State.

Marshall said he hasn’t heard from Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin lately, though he tried to call the coach last week.

There’s a chance Marshall will be close to deciding after his K-State trip. If so, he won’t push back his announcement date to fit in a Texas visit, and he wouldn’t take visits elsewhere after committing to a school.

“Texas is an option,” Marshall said, “but I really haven’t talked to anyone from there lately.”

In his only season at Garden City, Marshall threw for 2,837 yards and rushed for 949 yards with 18 passing touchdowns, 18 rushing touchdowns and 19 interceptions and earned Kansas Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year honors.