AUBURN, Ala. — David Marshall’s recruitment has been convoluted in recent months.
The three-star defensive end de-committed from the Tigers back in June, named Ole Miss his leader shortly thereafter and wound up re-committing to Auburn in October.
Adding more intrigue to his recruitment has been his recent interest in Georgia. Marshall has grown considerably close to new inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann since his arrival to Athens, Ga., in December, and he intends on taking an official visit to UGA on Jan. 22.
But following his official visit to Auburn over the weekend, Marshall says it’s going to be rather tough for any school — Georgia included — to change his mind.
“It stands out now,” Marshall said of his commitment to Auburn. “My family loves it here. They really want me to come here instead of other schools. They feel comfortable with me coming here. It means a lot to me that my family feels comfortable with me coming here and them coming over for games.”
Marshall was accompanied on the visit by his father and grandmother, who was close to former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. The Thomaston, Ga., native says both his father and grandmother interacted well with newly hired defensive chief Kevin Steele, and the bond they formed is going to be tough for contending schools to overcome.
“They really aren’t going to Georgia or Ole Miss with me,” Marshall said of his father and grandmother. “This is the only school they wanted to come visit. It means a lot to me.”
It would appear that Marshall’s relationship with defensive line coach Rodney Garner also shined through on his return visit to Auburn. The two spoke over the phone in recent days, and Marshall says Garner was vocal about the program’s loyalty to him despite his prior de-commitment.
They connected well over the weekend.
“He loves me a lot,” Marshall said. “He really wants me to come (to Auburn). He really doesn’t want me to go to another school. It was amazing to come back.”
Marshall still intends on taking his official visits to both Georgia (Jan. 22) and Ole Miss (Jan. 29) over the next two weeks.
When asked what were the chances of him sticking with his commitment to the Tigers, Marshall replied, “I’m going to stick with it.”
Marshall is ranked as the No. 22 weakside defensive end in the nation for the class of 2016.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite