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Millbrook running back Marcus Marshall picks Georgia Tech

Millbrook's Marcus Marshall (21) runs for a touchdown during the Millbrook High School football game against Northern Durham High School, on September 12, 2014, in Raleigh.
Millbrook's Marcus Marshall (21) runs for a touchdown during the Millbrook High School football game against Northern Durham High School, on September 12, 2014, in Raleigh. JOHNNY JOHNSON

The state of Georgia will get yet another running back recruit from the Marshall family, as Millbrook standout Marcus Marshall announced his commitment to Georgia Tech on Tuesday.

Marshall, who graduated from Millbrook in December, made the announcement with his parents and sister at his side.

Marshall visited Georgia Tech during the weekend with his parents, allowing him to get a glimpse at the campus and program to solidify what he said was a very close decision that came down to the Yellow Jackets, Vanderbilt, James Madison and Wake Forest.

“I went in not knowing much about Georgia Tech,” he said. “I knew a lot about Atlanta and the city and the opportunity as far as getting a job.

“I knew it was great school, but I got a chance to see how their academic support staff goes and all the majors they have, and obviously football-wise they showed me around. It just looked like a perfect fit.”

Marshall’s older brother, Keith, who was a top high school running back prospect in the country while at Millbrook, redshirted this season at Georgia. He has two years of remaining eligibility.

Keith “wasn’t so involved in my process, but he’s just been a role model and I got to see him go through it, so I pretty much had a blueprint as to how to go about everything, so he’s been supportive.”

Marshall, at 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, set the school’s season rushing record with 2,198 yards for a Millbrook team that finished 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the CAP-8 4A.

He scored all 12 of Millbrook’s playoff touchdowns before the Wildcats fell in the third round to eventual NCHSAA 4AA runner-up Wake Forest.

He is third on the school’s career rushing list with 3,165. His brother leads that list with 4,552 yards in 2009-11.

Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said he believes Marshall, who played defensive back during his sophomore year before switching to running back three games into his junior season, could have had a chance to break the career record if he had played running back the entire time.

Marshall’s willingness to fill that void in the secondary is an example of his team-first attitude, Inscore said.

“He’s a super athlete, but the biggest thing about Marcus is his academics,” he said. “He has over a 4.0 GPA, which is allowing him the opportunity to make choices as far as what college he wants to go to.

“Even if football wasn’t an aspect of his game and a choice in the future, he would have had a choice of what school he wanted to go to by what he did in the classroom.”

Marshall also left Millbrook with the school record for most points scored in a season (186), rushing yards in a game (350 against Jack Britt in the 2014 playoffs), and tied with his brother with 30 points as the most scored in a game.

“I’m looking to contribute early,” Marshall said of his future with the Yellow Jackets. “I’m going to have to compete, and I understand that, but the opportunity is definitely there and it’s mine to take.”

Georgia Tech topped the ACC Coastal Division and defeated Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl.

“The ACC is definitely a good conference and there’s going to be some good competition,” Marshall said. “Another good thing about Georgia Tech is I’ll be able to play against my brother every year, so that’ll be exciting.”