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We’ve said it before, and it remains true – offensive linemen are the key part of the success of an option offense. Paul Johnson and his staff have snagged another highly sought after offensive linemen that could be eventually be the man snapping the ball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 6-foot4, 260 lb recruit, Andrew Marshall.
Marshall is a guy that everyone would love to have on their team anchoring their offensive line, as seen by the number of offers he received, including Duke, Wake Forest, Navy and Syracuse. A Cumming. Ga. (West Forsyth) product, Marshall is currently ranked by ESPN’s Recruiting Nation as the #17 center coming into the 2014 class.
As the captain of his West Forsyth High School football team, Marshall played in all 11 games of his senior season, helping to take his team to the playoffs, eventually losing to Dacula HS.
Andrew Marshall has a frame that is built for a center, and as he adds a little mass he’ll be a solid hunk of meat in the center of the line. He’s got great agility, and has excellent footwork for someone of his age. With the type of blocking that he’ll be expected to do at Tech, those are important skills to have.
Scouts have commented on Marshall’s toughness and hard, consistent effort demonstrated on every play. He’s going to take some polish–possibly a redshirt season–but he’s not that far away from being able to get some significant playing time with the Jackets. Keep an eye on this kid to possibly make an appearance in 2014 if circumstances dictate the need.
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