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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Marshall's game should translate well

By Brad Bournival

Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) has it. That’s why his high school coach Troy Everhart has no fear the ESPN 150 athlete will see his star pupil’s game translate to college football quite well.

A former recruiting coordinator, Everhart knew about Marshall long before Marshall knew about him.

So when he heard that Ohio State was going to change the triple-threat quarterback to a slot receiver, Everhart wasn’t worried.

“He’s got an uncanny knack for taking things and moving forward,” Everhart said. “He’s got such a tremendous package of size and speed. He’s 6-foot. He’s probably close to 220 now. He’s a big mama jama.

“He’s got explosive speed, yet has the ability to stop and cut and regain that speed almost instantaneously. To me in that regard, he has more physical tools than anyone I’ve ever dealt with.”

Marshall also has a knack for adapting to new roles. That’s great considering the Buckeyes have told him they plan on using him in myriad ways.

His 2,186 yards of total offense and 25 combined touchdowns last season show Marshall is a threat not just with his arm, but with his feet as well. When he learns to use his hands as well, the raw talent will more than likely succeed.

He’s accepted the role with fervor and confidence so far and is in Florida honing his skills in preparation for the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday.

The fact he’s already holding his own in practices against the best defensive backs in the country proves Marshall’s move should be smooth.