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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
DE Marshall's recruiting has been 'nice'

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) has a tagline, it’s “nice.” For the 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect, nearly everything is nice.

His most recent offer from Ole Miss? Nice.

His rising-star status on the national recruiting scene? Nice.

His dinner last night? Nice.

“Talking to all these coaches, talking to different players, visiting different schools,” Marshall said. “It has been fun. It has been nice.”

Lawrence Marshall
Lawrence Marshall has seen his recruitment explode recently.
But if there’s one thing Marshall isn’t on the field, it’s nice. Having grown up playing with older, more physically imposing players, Marshall learned he couldn’t be nice on the field if he wanted to win.

“I never played in my age group so older kids always tried to bully me,” Marshall said. “I always had to stand up for myself and always play hard, so that’s where it came from.”

That attitude is what has drawn so much attention to the player over the past few months. Just a few months ago the only schools he was hearing from were Toledo and Bowling Green. Now the defensive end has 12 offers, including the likes of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. And every day it seems there’s a new school or two sending mail. Most recently, those has been Alabama and USC.

For Marshall, all of this pretty much came out of nowhere.

“I couldn’t expect any of this,” Marshall said. “It’s almost overwhelming right now.”

A few weeks ago, it was overwhelming. On a visit to Columbus, Marshall became swept up in it all and gave a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes. He realized it was too early and he’d given his commitment too quickly, so after speaking with the coaches, he reopened his commitment.

He still speaks with the Ohio State coaches weekly and they’re still actively recruiting him, but he learned a lesson about taking his time in the process. Now, he’s making sure not to name top schools or make quick decisions. He will wait out his senior season and take all his official visits, he said.

Since his OSU commitment and decommitment he has visited Michigan and Michigan State.

There aren’t any other visits in the works right now as he figures out his spring and summer camp schedule with his parents and works on his speed and agility, anything else to make him not nice on the field.

“I couldn’t imagine any of this happening. It’s great,” Marshall said. “It’s like Christmas morning every day. Every time I get a new offer it’s like, ‘Thank God I got this offer.’ Everything is so unreal right now. It’s like this big dream I’m living in.”

Sounds pretty nice.