One of Auburn’s top defensive commits has a full itinerary come January.
That would be David Marshall, a three-star defensive end from Thomaston, Ga., who plans to officially visit both Georgia and Ole Miss in the coming weeks. He’ll head to Athens, Ga., first to spend time with former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart on Jan. 23 before going to Oxford, Miss., to visit with Hugh Freeze.
How much will those visits change his recruitment? That remains unknown. But SEC Country caught up with Marshall just days into the recruiting dead period to check in on the status of his commitment, his thoughts on the most surprising coaching change and to find out how eager he is for Auburn to name a new defensive coordinator.
Q: Who do you think will be the biggest surprise recruit to commit to Auburn?
A: “Derrick Brown. He’s a great player and he’s explosive off the ball. He’ll help Auburn’s front against the run and in pass rush.”
Q: What was the most surprising coaching change of the offseason?
A: “When Kirby (Smart) went to Georgia. I think he’ll be a good head coach and he’ll change the atmosphere there.”
Q: Who was the best player you faced this season?
A: “Richard LeCounte (III). He’s a heck of an athlete. He can play anywhere you put him at.”
Q: How eager are you to find out who Auburn will hire at defensive coordinator?
A: “It’ll be this week. It’ll be okay. I wanted (Will) Muschamp to stay.”
Q: What is the status of your commitment?
A: “I’m still deciding.”
Q: What do you want for Christmas?
A: “Just shoes and clothes, really.”