Will the Tide Offer?
Marsalis Teague
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Nov 17, 2008


"The Alabama coaches came by my high school a few weeks ago," Marsalis Teague said. "We've been talking a lot since they've been here and they've been recruiting me a lot more. They really want me to come down there and visit with coach Nick Saban. They feel pretty good that they'll offer me." Teague will be attending the Alabama/Auburn game on Nov. 29, possibly on an unofficial trip.

Marsalis Teague, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound four-star athlete from Henry County High School in Paris, Tenn., has helped lead his team to a perfect 12-0 record and a spot in the state 4A playoffs.

Teague is being recruited as a cornerback, but plays quarterback and running back for Henry County. After 10 game Teague's 10 game stats are 75 carries for 1,135 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also passed for 912 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions on 55 of 84 pass completions.

Ranked as the No. 29 cornerback in the country, Teague says he has narrowed his focus to No. 3 Florida (remains the slight leader), No. 1 Alabama (still no offer), Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.

"The Alabama coaches came by my high school a few weeks ago," Teague said. "We've been talking a lot since they've been here and they've been recruiting me a lot more. They really want me to come down there and visit with coach Nick Saban. They feel pretty good that they'll offer me."

Teague will be attending the Alabama/Auburn game on Nov. 29, but he isn't sure if that'll be an official visit or not.

"Alabama is doing really well right now," he said. "They are number one and I don't think anybody thought they'd be this good this year. That'll be a great game against Florida."

The only official visit that Teague has already taken was to Florida for the LSU game on Oct. 11. "I love the atmosphere at the Swamp," he said. "It's crazy. That's the loudest environment I've been in. It's just a great place to play football."

He says the Gators are recruiting him the hardest. "They sent a whole lot of mail and email all the time," he said. "Plus, I usually get to talk to several coaches and not just one coach every time.

. "I really like the relationship the players have with the coaches," Teague said. "Right now they are playing some good ball and I think I'd fit in well there. The defense has really stepped up this year and is playing better than anybody thought they would."

While it may seem like a two-team race, Teague insists that Ole Miss and Georgia Tech are still up there. "I haven't really been talking to the Ole Miss coaches too much, but I like how they've improved this year," he said of the Rebels.

"They are bowl eligible and coach Houston Nutt has done a great job there," he said. "The program is turning around and once coach Nutt gets his guys in the system they'll be even better."

Georgia Tech is another program that has a new coaching staff this year. "Their coaches are real good," he said. "I like coach Paul Johnson a lot and he told me that I'd probably get to play some offense and defense for them. I think it would be fun to try and run some of that triple option that they do."

No longer on Teague's short list are Clemson and Tennessee, two of his early favorites. "The coaching changes there really set me back," he said. "I'm still kind of looking at them, but not much."

Teague reports a perfect 4.0 core GPA (4.0 scale) and a 21 ACT.



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