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Top-ranked running back Keith Marshall commits to Georgia


For the second consecutive year, Georgia has landed the nation's top running back recruit.

Five-star prospect Keith Marshall committed to the Bulldogs on Tuesday, making his announcement during a press conference at Millbrook High in Raleigh, N.C. Last February, Georgia landed Isaiah Crowell -- the eventual SEC Freshman of the Year -- who rushed for 847 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.

The Bulldogs withstood a late charge from Clemson, who finished as the runner-up. Georgia was long considered the heavy favorite, but the Tigers made an 11th-hour run to make things interesting.

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"I was never a silent commitment," Marshall said at his conference. "I liked Georgia and they were the silent leader until Clemson came along. [Georgia] was the leader for a couple months."

He added, "I didn't know where I was going last night. It was just something in my heart and I woke up ready to go to Georgia."

Notre Dame, Florida, South Carolina and UNC were among the other schools in contention.

A speedy back who can run the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds, Marshall capped his career at Millbrook with highs in yards (1,860) and touchdowns (25). He will play in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 5, and plans to enroll at Georgia in January.