June 23, 2011

Marshall lands an Ohio State offer

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While many new this day was going to come at some point, it is now official. Jalin Marshall, the outstanding class of 2013 athlete from Middletown (Ohio) received a verbal offer from Ohio State, shortly after an impressive workout at the first day of the Buckeyes' two-day underclassmen camp on Thursday. The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect was excited to receive the news.

"I knew it was coming but it's better to hear (officially)," said Marshall. "I was excited about it and just smiled when I heard it."

Marshall is the number two ranked player in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 rankings and is one of the most versatile prospects in Ohio. The Ohio State staff clearly sees that versatility in Marshall as they haven't slotted him at one single position.

"They said whatever position I want to play, that what's I'll play," he said. "They said, 'we just need to get the ball in your hands, you're a playmaker'. I'd like to play quarterback but if I need to switch positions to help the team out, I'll play whatever they ask me to play."

Marshall was one of the more explosive players in drills throughout the day and clocked a 4.42-second time in the 40-yard dash in the morning.

"I felt good about (my performance)," Marshall said. "I came up here knowing they were probably going to offer me but I still performed and came out here and competed and just tried to get better. I just listened to what the quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said and came out and competed and ran hard and just did what they asked me."

In addition to the Ohio State offer, Marshall also holds early verbal offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, and Pittsburgh. Each school brings something a little bit different to the table according to Marshall.

On Illinois: "One of my teammates (Cody Quinn) just committed there so I was really excited about that to have a connection there."

On Cincinnati: "I like Cincinnati because it's close to home. For my family, it's like right there down the street and it's a great atmosphere and the coaches are real good."

On Pittsburgh: "Pittsburgh, I just talked to one of the guys the other day and they want to win and they want you to be smart academically. They also want you to get to the next level."

On Ohio State: "I love Ohio State, that's all I can really say. I grew up an Ohio State fan."

Marshall says he is in no rush to make a decision and that he wants to weigh all of his options for now before possibly deciding after his junior season.

"I just have to soak it all in right now, of course I'll get more offers then these but I just have to go out on the playing field and see what I can do," he said. "After this football season, I'll probably make a decision."

The black cloud of the NCAA has been hanging over the Ohio State program recently but Marshall says he tries not to worry about that situation until things are resolved.

"They told me to not believe all the rumors and all of that," Marshall said. "It's hard not to sometimes but I've got to stick it in my head that you can't believe that and just go out and play. You come (to Ohio State) for the tradition and all of the other stuff, not the rumors and the bad stuff so if I came here, that's what I'd come for."

For now, Marshall says he may be done camping but is considering heading to Notre Dame on Monday.


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