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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Ohio State offers big 2014 defensive end

By Brad Bournival

Urban Meyer has done it yet again.

With a stockpile of defensive linemen already in the fold, the Ohio State coach dipped into the class of 2014 and offered a 12th defensive end in the class. It’s also the 16th defensive lineman he’s offered out of the junior class.

Wednesday's offer went to Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) and it was an offer the 6-foot-5, 205-pound defensive end was blown away by.

“It holds a great place in my heart,” Marshall said. “It’s one of my biggest offers right now. I really like Ohio State. When I went to my visit down there, I fell in love with it.”

When Marshall came to visit it wasn’t just an ordinary game, as the junior was on hand for the Buckeyes’ 26-21 win over Michigan.

He’s currently has offers from Bowling Green, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Syracuse and Toledo, but found out firsthand what it meant to be on Ohio State’s radar when he took in “The Game” on Nov. 24.

“It’s really big to me,” Marshall said. “It was one of the greatest games I ever went to. It was a rivalry game. I really felt what it meant as a rivalry game in college football.”

Marshall is also drawing interest from Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois and Iowa, and for good reason, as he logged 75 tackles with 10 sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior.

“What I bring is excitement,” Marshall said. “I play hard. I play to the whistle. I fly around the field.”

As far as breaking down a top list, the big defensive end isn’t ready to do that just yet and wants to see how things play out down the road.