September 27, 2011
Keith Marshall may be the best high school senior running back in the country. The Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook High back is fast, strong and almost impossible to bring down.
He's also incredibly athletic, as he shows in the clip you see directly below. After all, few others would be able to turn a deflected, botched snap into one of the most simple-looking rocket-shot touchdowns anyone will ever see.
The incredible part about that Marshall touchdown may not be the errant snap or Millbrook quarterback Jakarie DeBerry's inability to handle it. Rather, it's the way that Marshall gathers it in seamlessly, as if he was expecting a direct snap the entire time, and then sling shots himself through an unsuspecting Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield High defense that hardly got a finger on the quicksilver rusher.
In fact, that run to the end zone might be as fast as Prep Rally has seen a player go from first backfield contact with the football to the end zone. It would certainly stand out as the stand-out play in that category in 2011.
Incredibly, despite Marshall's talent on the ground, Millbrook was still swamped under by Wakefield in a 63-28 loss. That's because as talented as Marshall is, Wakefield quarterback Connor Mitch might be nearly as impressive, at least on the high school fields of North Carolina.
You can see complete highlights of the entire game right here, courtesy of Raleigh's NBC17.com.
On Friday, Mitch -- who holds a scholarship offer from East Carolina and has garnered interest from a handful of ACC and SEC programs -- racked up an incredible 485 yards, most before the fourth quarter as the Wolverines built an insurmountable lead.
As terrific a performance as that may have been, given Marshall's recruiting status -- he is the top-ranked all-purpose running back in the nation and a member of the 2012 Rivals100 who holds scholarship offers from nearly every power program in the nation -- and his shocking agility and speed, his unlikely touchdown might be the play from the game which draws the most reflective wonder years down the road.
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