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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Texas evaluating juco QB Nick Marshall

By Max Olson

Texas’ newfound interest in junior college quarterbacks hasn’t stopped at Tanner McEvoy. The Longhorns are also evaluating Garden City (Kan.) Community College quarterback Nick Marshall.

Garden City recruiting coordinator Eric Gibson confirmed to HornsNation that Texas sent an assistant coach to Garden City’s Mississippi Bowl game Sunday in Biloxi, Miss., to scout Marshall.

They picked a good game to attend. Marshall threw for 309 yards and had a 63-yard touchdown run in a 31-29 win over Copiah-Lincoln. He was surprised to see a Longhorn coach on the sidelines that afternoon.

“I never thought I’d get looked at by Texas,” Marshall said. “They’re a top school, so that would be nice to have an offer from them.”

Marshall does not have an offer yet but is planning to call Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin on Tuesday night. He’s interested in taking a visit to Austin next month.

“I’ll take a visit there in January sometime,” he said. “I talked to the coach about that. I’ll know more when I go there.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback was named Kansas Jayhawk Conference Players of the Year after throwing for 2,837 yards and rushing for 949 more in the regular season. In 10 games, he threw for 18 touchdowns and rushed for 18 more.

Marshall originally signed with Georgia in 2011 as a three-star quarterback from Rochelle, Ga., and was one of the state’s top athletes. He moved to cornerback and appeared in 13 games in a reserve role as a true freshman, recording five tackles.

In February, Marshall and two teammates were dismissed from the Georgia program for a violation of team rules, reportedly an incident involving theft.

When he moved on to Garden City, Marshall made the move back to quarterback and led the Broncbusters to a 7-4 record and their first playoff appearance since 2008.

“He has vision, athleticism, a great pocket presence -- he gets out of things and his athleticism is amazing,” Gibson said. “Some of the things I’ve seen him do are just unreal. He’s got a very accurate arm. People don’t give him credit for what kind of arm he’s got.”

Marshall already holds offers from Indiana, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Colorado, Houston and several other schools. He’s taking an official visit to Indiana this weekend and will visit Kansas State on Dec. 14.

After that, he’s planning on an official visit to Florida International in mid-January. Marshall hopes to take his trip to Texas before then.

The sophomore said he won’t be able to graduate from Garden City until May, and he’ll have three years to play two seasons.