Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) has been to his share of Ohio State games, but what the Buckeyes commit saw Saturday might have taken him over the top.
Recruited as an athlete and along for the ride with other Ohio State commits Darron Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), Marshall caught the Buckeyes bug and it bit hard.
On an unofficial visit -- Lee and Burrows were there unofficially as well -- Marshall took in the first game under the Urban Meyer era and felt the fervor.
“Everyone was excited to be there,” Marshall said. “They played hard. They all wanted to be there. Those guys have been working hard the whole year to get to that point.”
In his first two games, Marshall has rushed for 312 yards and scored three touchdowns in one and thrown for three more scores in another.
After watching Ohio State thrash Miami (Ohio) 56-10, the 5-foot-11, 196-pound Marshall left with one impression.
“Watching it, I wanted to get there right then,” he said.
As a junior, Marshall threw for 782 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 1,859 yards and 20 scores.