David Marshall’s recruitment has been as convoluted as a movie with subtitles.
He committed to Auburn in March, de-committed three months later, named Ole Miss his leader in July and, in the end, committed to the Tigers again over the weekend.
“It feels like home to me and my family,” Marshall told SEC Country. “I feel more comfortable there than any other school. I think Auburn needs more defensive linemen to help rush the quarterback, and I think I’m the right one to help fix that problem.”
The 3-star defensive end from Upson-Lee High School (Thomaston, Ga.) spurned Ole Miss and Alabama in the process, though he admitted it was a difficult decision. Ultimately, a few variables worked in Auburn’s favor, including Marshall’s relationship with defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
“Coach Garner is the best defensive line coach and he’s more like a father figure to me,” Marshall said. “I think he’ll coach me harder and get me to the next level.”
Marshall said he was greeted with excitement over the phone when he broke the news to Garner shortly after his announcement over the weekend.
“He was so excited I stuck with them and he said I was the kind of player he wanted to coach,” Marshall said.
The 6-foot-2, 256-pound senior gave Auburn its 12th commitment in next year’s class and the fourth defensive lineman overall. Marshall is rated as the No. 38 player in Georgia.