Just when it seemed like things might have cooled off in the pursuit of a junior college quarterback by the Texas Longhorns, news broke on Saturday from Horns Nation ($) that Garden City CC's NIck Marshall recently picked up on offer from Mack Brown and company.
Marshall learned of his offer after Texas failed to secure a visit from Jake Waters (or just didn't show enough interest to get him on campus) and moved on from Tanner McEvoy after former co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin evaluated him before leaving for Arkansas State.
An official visit from Marshall is scheduled for January 18th in what may be one of the last major visit weekends for the 'Horns before Signing Day -- it's also the weekend that A'Shawn Robinson will be in town for his official a week after tripping to Tuscaloosa.
Marshall's a former Georgia Bulldog who played significant snaps at cornerback as a true freshman before being dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.
A 6-2, 210-pounder, he registered 36 touchdowns on the ground and through the air (18 apiece), but also accounted for 19 interceptions, a ratio that calls into question whether or not he can really play quarterback at the major college level.
He would also join a deep group of quarterback as a summer enrollee, including incoming freshman Tyrone Swoopes and incumbent David Ash. The offer to Marshall at quarterback suggests that the coaches believe one of the quarterbacks currently on the roster won't be in Austin in the spring -- one of Case McCoy, Connor Brewer, and Jalen Overstreet.
McCoy, of course, has his pending legal troubles that could put his future in jeopardy, but he's going to be a senior, so he's probably less of a consideration in whatever decision-making process the Texas offensive braintrust went through before extending the offer, which seems to have happened before the incident, in any case.
No, this seems to be more about Brewer and Overstreet. Part of the appeal of Texas for Brewer was always the fact that his older sister was in Austin swimming. But she transferred out to USC and her younger brother's other connection to Texas was the fact that Harsin had recruited him while at Boise State as he helped the Chapparal coaches install versions of the Bronco offense.
And the scuttlebutt with the brief Overstreet transfer rumors were about his relationship with Harsin, who is now gone. A Tatum coach on Twitter also told me several weeks ago that Austin is where Overstreet wants to be. Add in the fact that he's a candidate to make a transition to another position like linebacker if he doesn't work out at quarterback to the equation.
All that will play out in the next several weeks.
As for Marshall's recruitment, the main contenders seem to be Indiana and Kansas State.
And his future position? Well, given his decision-making, fantastic athleticism, and ability to crack the rotation so quickly at Georgia, he looks like quite a safety prospect.
But then, maybe I just think that because I'm a Texas fan and whenever someone associated with Texas sees an athletic quarterback, they seem to think SAFETY! Right?
He just might have to wait until after he signs to find that out.