October 17, 2010

Marshall builds relationships on visit

Bo Ryan had all four verbal commits in his 2011 recruiting class to his house for dinner Friday night.

That doesn't mean he was going to showcase his cooking skills in front of them.

"No, he wasn't the chef," George Marshall, a six-foot, 180-pound guard from Chicago, said. "The food was catered."

Nonetheless, the dinner was the start of what turned out being a fantastic and exciting weekend in Madison. For Marshall, in town to take in the basketball team's season tip-off event inside the fable Fieldhouse, impressions were made.

"I had a real good impression," Marshall said in reference to the scrimmage. "The team only had two practices, but I thought they looked real good."

Like a typical Ryan coached team, the Badgers were willing to get on the floor and get after loose balls. Even if it was only the second practice of the year, it was certainly a physical one.

"The team is real competitive," Marshall said. "That's a winning environment. That's a real good thing that the guys are going hard and it's the best side of the program."

Marshall arrived in Madison Friday afternoon, had dinner at coach Ryan's house before taking it easy the rest of the evening. On Saturday, he attended the event inside the Fieldhouse before taking in one of the more exciting football games of the season and hanging with the team.

"It was crazy," Marshall said. "It was a great environment. For Wisconsin to knock off the No. 1 team, the whole campus was excited. I got a chance to go on the field after the game.

"It was a real fun experience."

Throughout his recruitment, Marshall developed a very close relationship with former UW assistant coach Howard Moore. Now that Moore has accepted the head coaching position at Illinois-Chicago, Marshall has developed a relationship with his replacement at UW, Lamont Paris.

"I had a real close relationship with Coach Moore," Marshall said. "He's a great person and I thanked him for recruiting me and everything he did. As soon as they hired the new coach I started talking to him right away. We started talking and building up a relationship. He came to my high school to watch me work out so I got a chance to talk to him more there.

"I've got a real good relationship with coach Paris, too."

Marshall, who will sign a letter of intent during the early signing period in November, also worked on furthering his relationship with the rest of the 2011 verbal class.

"We all hung out," Marshall said. "We all got closer to each other. We got to know each other better. We just want to go in there this upcoming year."

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