One of Duke’s top athletes, and more acclaimed recruits, Jabari Marshall is “starting to go places at Duke.

As a senior at Mays High School in Atlanta, Marshall returned one kickoff and two punts for touchdowns. He also led the state of Georgia with nine interceptions while also excelling at wide receiver, helping him earn scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Auburn, South Carolina and Illinois before choosing Duke.

“It was the chance to do something special,” Marshall said. “You can win anywhere. We have the tools. We just have to put it all together and cut down on the mistakes. I feel like we can play with anybody.”

Marshall said his goal is to make it to the “next level,” a reference to the NFL, but in his immediate future, the next level means contributing more on offense. Marshall got a couple of carries on reverses at Wake Forest when Drummer was sidelined by injury, but he hasn’t gotten his hands on the ball offensively since.

But Roof said that Marshall’s day is coming — like Marshall — fast.

“He’s one of our better athletes, and I wanted to find a way to get a guy who has the ability to make some big plays on the field,” Roof said. “It’s certainly shown up in his kick returns, and every week he’s picked it up on offense a little bit more.

“He’s real close. I see him taking steps not just each week but each day because he comes out with the right attitude and the right approach. He’s a heck of a competitor, and he takes a lot of pride in what he does.”

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