Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Choctawhatchee defensive end Craig Marshall was one of many prospects expected to attend the Florida-Alabama game last weekend in Tuscaloosa, there was even a possibility that it was going to be his official visit. Did he make it up for the game?
"I wasn't able to make it to the game," Marshall said. "I had some transportation issues. I was able to watch the game on TV and wow is all I can say about Alabama. I really liked what I saw. Their defense is incredible, they really get to the ball and hit you."
The 6-foot-4, 206-pound Marshall attended the NIKE camp at Tallahassee where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, ran the shuttle in 4.53 seconds and posted a 32-inch vertical jump.
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"I don't know that I will be going anywhere this weekend or anything, but I am supposed to talk to coach Connelley from Alabama this week and I want to set up my official visit with them," Marshall said. "I want to try to go to the Tennessee game for my official visit. That stadium looked insane and I want to check it out."
Marshall is ranked as a three-star prospect and the No. 30 weakside defensive end in America by Rivals.com.
"Coach Connelley called me the day after the Florida game and was just asking me what I thought about it," Marshall said. "He told me that they thought they would win, but not even they thought they could beat them like that. He was telling me about Tyrone Prothro and how he was doing and everything. It sounds like he is going to be okay, which is really good."
While the Tide's victory over the Gators certainly made a strong impression on Marshall, don't expect him to be giving his commitment just yet.