The Florida Gators have received a significant boost to their defense with cornerback Jason Marshall returning to Florida. Despite reportedly having a high NFL draft grade and attracting interest from Alabama and Ohio State, Marshall has decided to continue his collegiate career at Florida he announced on Instagram.
Marshall is coming off back-to-back seasons starting in every game at cornerback. This past season, Marshall led the team with a career-high 10 pass breakups for the second straight season. For the 2023 season, Marshall finished with 26 tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one sack. In 2022, he produced 29 tackles, eight pass breakups, one tackle-for-loss, and an interception.
Florida has recently lost cornerbacks Jalen Kimber and Jaydon Hill to the transfer portal. The defense underperformed in the 2023 season, but Marshall, an experienced player, showed improvement towards the end of the season. This makes him a reliable asset for new defensive backs coach Will Harris in the process of rebuilding the Florida secondary.
As a recruit in the class of 2021, Marshall was given a five-star rating by the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was ranked as the No. 2 cornerback in the country and the 27th overall prospect according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Marshall chose Florida over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and others.