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Keith Marshall set to decide between five

12/5/2011

There are only five five-star prospects still undecided.

On Tuesday, there will be four.

Tailback Keith Marshall from Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook is scheduled to announce his college decision at 2:45 p.m. ET during a press conference at his school.

Here are his list of finalists, their history with Marshall and their chances for landing the nation's sixth-best overall prospect:

Georgia

The Bulldogs have been called the leader almost as many times as Marshall juked past a defender in 2011. It certainly seems to add up. Marshall has been a Georgia fan since he was a kid. Earlier this fall, he said the only drawback in Athens was Mark Richt's shaky job status. That's not a problem anymore since the Bulldogs won 10 games and made it to the SEC Championship Game. Marshall's first official visit was to Athens on Sept. 9.

Marshall has also said he'd be fine splitting carries with Georgia freshman tailback Isiah Crowell. The two could make for an impressive combination of speed and power.

The only weakness Georgia has is that when Richt's job status was shaky, it allowed other schools to creep in and make an impression. If Marshall picks Georgia, the next date for Bulldogs fans to keep an eye on is Jan. 3, when his good friend, Todd Gurley from Tarboro (N.C.) High School, will make his announcement.

Clemson

Clemson seems to be the strongest competition for Georgia. Securing an official visit from Marshall on Nov. 11 was huge. A source with knowledge of the visit said Marshall seemed to get along with the Tigers' players extremely well during the trip. Clemson is hot, despite stumbling at the end of the season. It won the ACC Championship on Saturday and has the fifth-ranked class in the country for 2012.

Clemson, however, has a lot of youth already at tailback, with a junior, sophomore, redshirt freshman and freshman on the depth chart. It wouldn't be a total shock if Marshall announced he was signing with Clemson on Tuesday, but it would be surprising.

Florida

Talk of the Gators has been quiet since Marshall took his official visit there on Sept. 30. His commitment would certainly be a departure from the recent past when it seemed Florida couldn't secure an all-around tailback because of its spread offense.

With that no longer the case, Marshall said he likes offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and his pro-style attack. Marshall would be a good fit there -- as he would most anywhere.

South Carolina

Marshall has developed a strong relationship with Gamecocks running back coach Jay Graham and sophomore tailback Marcus Lattimore. With Lattimore, head coach Steve Spurrier has shown he's dedicated to running the football. That would be a plus for Marshall, who took an official visit to South Carolina on Nov. 25.

Marshall said he also liked the city of Columbia, describing it as more than just a college town.

Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish are in the race thanks to academics. Marshall, who has a 4.3 grade point average, visited South Bend on Oct. 21. Notre Dame didn't send a coach to visit Marshall last week and that would seem to speak volumes of Notre Dame's chances, or lack thereof.