Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We lead off the blog Tuesday with a prediction from Clinch County coach Jim Dickerson on where he thinks his elite 4-star middle linebacker prospect Trezmen Marshall will play his college football.
Close your eyes for a second. Try to imagine the quintessential small-town football coach from South Georgia. If we did, then Jim Dickerson of Clinch County High School in Homerville probably would be too good for central casting.
Dickerson is quick and to the point. What he says conveys wisdom and experience. His football teams play extremely hard. There is also a syrup of that South Georgia twang flavoring his words.
He’s won four state titles for Homerville since 2004, including three this decade. Dickerson’s team won the fourth of those this season. The 2017 Panthers ultimately were sparked by a young man on both sides of the ball.
That would be 4-star junior Trezmen Marshall. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 4 ATH for this cycle. But to me, he’s always going to be that young man who saw some of the first scouting reports misstate the spelling of his first name.
Marshall was too humble to bother anyone to correct them.
His Twitter account also had “Trezman” in his bio. He never bothered to alert the person who set it up to change that. That, kinda like his coach, just sounds like South Georgia football to me.
Marshall is likely better known across these pages as one of UGA’s three main inside linebacker targets for 2019. Blessed Trinity state champion JD Bertrand is already on that short list as a commit. Grayson 5-star standout Owen Pappoe also looms large.
Dickerson said he thinks Marshall eventually will join Bertrand on the board as a UGA commit.
The things to know about Trezmen Marshall
Marshall shows up as the No. 54 overall prospect for 2019 on the 247Sports composite. The athlete designation is a nod to the fact he also was the starting quarterback for another batch of Clinch state champions in 2015.
He can still spin a pigskin about 60 or 65 yards. Marshall even overcame shoulder surgery this fall to spark the latest state crown. Florida was his dream school.
The 6-foot-1, 234-pound junior aspires to major in communications. He already can picture himself covering the SEC or the NFL when his playing days run out.
Dickerson said that was just a prelude.
“Trezmen has narrowed it to three,” Dickerson said last Thursday. “That’s Georgia, Clemson and Alabama. I think he’s going to decide before the school year is out. I think he’s going to wind up going to Georgia, man. I’ve really felt that. He loves [coach Glenn] Schumann. He was there at our school [Thursday]. He loves Kirby [Smart] and he went there and watched him play basketball the other night there in Homerville.”
The in-state connection will be a factor.
“Almost everybody in Homerville is a Georgia fan,” Dickerson said. “We’re South Georgia and a long way from Athens. But I would be shocked if he went elsewhere. But now Clemson is doing an outstanding job recruiting him. Then, of course, the Ohio State is really pushing hard for him.”
— TREZMEN LACEY (@TrezmanM17) December 30, 2017
What makes Trezmen Marshall elite
Dickerson said he believes Marshall will play inside linebacker in college.
“He still fancies that he may choose to be a running back,” Dickerson said. “He’s about 6-foot-1½. Now maybe 240. He just looks like a linebacker. Everything about him is a linebacker.”
He sees that every day.
“I know it sounds cliché here and a lot of times coaches will say it, whether it is true or not,” Dickerson said. “But Trezmen has no reason to be a 3.5-GPA student or higher but he is. He doesn’t live in the most desirable of locations, but he’s beat all those odds. He’s a great student. A great person. He’s very respectful and he puts everybody else first. He is truly selfless. Normally, you don’t see all of that with great athletes.”
Dickerson rattled off “so many” great plays for Clinch County.
“He’s made some outstanding runs,” Dickerson said. “But I’ll tell you about the state championship. We didn’t have him when we lost to Irwin County earlier in the season. We held a team that night that averaged 350 yards rushing to 39 yards of total offense. That’s only about 20 yards of rushing. That’s because we had No. 7 at linebacker.”
When Irwin knocked off Clinch County by a 21-7 margin in the regular season, Marshall was still recovering from shoulder surgery. With Marshall in the state-title rematch, the Panthers came away with a 21-12 victory.
“That was no great adjustment that Jim Dickerson made,” the Clinch County coach said. “That was having that No. 7 at linebacker the second time around.”
Check out the highlights from that game below. He simply looks like he transferred over from Saturdays to play for the Class A state title that night.
That other ‘viral’ star at Clinch County High School
It is ironic that Marshall didn’t produce the most viral clip from a Clinch County player this season.
That designation goes to 6-foot-7 sophomore receiver Jeremiah Johnson. Yes, we did state that 6-foot-7 part correctly in regard to the 215-pound wideout.
“He’s raw,” Dickerson said. “He made one catch that went viral and got everybody’s attention.”
WATCH: Clinch County (@Clinch_Football) QB/RB Charles McClelland (@dupontQc3) launches one to WR Jeremiah Johnson (@jjeremiahman) who makes the FILTHY one-handed grab for the touchdown. pic.twitter.com/ae6xlkiraU
— Kenny Morales (@KennyMoralesTV) November 18, 2017
It garnered more than everyone’s attention. Johnson shared on his Twitter page that Cincinnati was the first to offer. That was followed by an SEC three-pack of Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee.
That catch is an example of how social media can shape a recruit. Johnson made a highlight grab. No doubts there. But his résumé was enhanced by his size. The rare 6-foot-7 sophomore receiver never will be overlooked.
As for that catch, the Panthers did not practice that.
“The pass was just too high and he just reached out and got it,” Dickerson said. “He’s just really raw. We are a single-wing running team. We don’t throw it but three or four times a game. But it is great. We’re going to try to reinvent the forward pass next year with him. Because it is just a mismatch there. Most cornerbacks that will be covering him man up are like 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10 in our region.”
Dashing the hopes on 5-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart
Isaac Taylor-Stuart, the 5-star CB prospect from San Diego, will not take an official visit to UGA this weekend. That means he obviously will not sign with the Bulldogs on Feb.7.
What happened? Well, the biggest relationship the Bulldogs had built with Stuart came in the person of Jay Valai. The former UGA support staff member accepted an analyst role with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month.
No more Valai essentially meant no more interest from Taylor-Stuart. He shared that very reason with Chris Kirschner of SEC Country this week.
“Right now, I basically cut ties with Georgia,” Taylor-Stuart said. “Coach Jay Valai left. That was my main recruiter. He was my main connection to Georgia. I couldn’t get an official visit on a weekday because I had my weekends booked. I just felt like it was best to cut ties and get serious about these last four schools [Alabama, Tennessee, USC, Texas A&M] I have.”
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