For Greenbrier senior Ben Marshall, making a verbal commitment to swim at South Georgia College wasn’t the easiest thing in the world.
“I was really excited,” Marshall said. “I couldn’t contain my emotions too well. I stumbled over every single word I said, just ’cause I was so nervous.”
No such nerves were on display Tuesday during his signing ceremony in the school cafeteria.
Joining him were his parents, friends and teammates.
Marshall was a wide receiver on the Wolfpack’s football team, but it was in the pool where he made a splash. He anchored the Wolfpack’s 200-yard medley relay team that finished 13th at the GHSA Swimming Finals.
“I had a good year,” Marshall said. “I dropped in pretty much every single meet I went to.”
In the fall, Marshall will head off to the junior college as the first step of his post-high school journey.
“For me, it’s the best,” Marshall said of his decision to initially go to a two-year school. “I’ll go down there and get my associate’s degree. Leave there and go to a four-year school and hopefully carry on swimming.”
He’s hoping he can find the kind of atmosphere at South Georgia similar to the one at Greenbrier.
“Here we had a very close bond with all the guys and girls on the team because we would have socials and stuff like that,” he said. “We were really close as a team. That’s probably the biggest thing I’m going to miss.”
He plans on working hard with an eye on his future.
“Maybe I can work really hard and impress someone at a bigger school like Georgia or another four-year school where I can finish my degree.”