Saturday, May 11, 2013
Marshall says decision was perfect timing
By Tom VanHaaren
It's been an interesting process for ESPN 150 prospect Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield). He made a commitment to Ohio State in February that lasted a few days, and is now a part of Michigan's 2014 class after committing to Michigan on a visit Saturday.
Lawrence Marshall is ranked No. 107 in the ESPN 150 and is the 12th-ranked defensive end.
"I had a slim chance that I was going to commit today," Marshall said. "It was just perfect timing, though. My mom loves Michigan, the coaching staff at Michigan is wonderful and they have the talent to do great things for the next four or five years."
Marshall had been planning to make a decision soon, but many believed that rival Michigan State was the leader. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end says that wasn't necessarily the case, but the Michigan coaching staff did put in a lot of work to push themselves over the edge.
"It wasn't really catch-up for Michigan. Michigan just overwhelmed me," he said. "It was perfect. That was the school I know I want to go to."
He made his decision while sitting and talking with his mother, running backs coach Fred Jackson and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. When Marshall told the coaches he was coming to Michigan, Marshall said there was a lot of jumping and screaming that ensued.
"Coach [Brady] Hoke gave me a big hug and I guess the coaches told the other commits that were there and they all started giving me hugs," he said. "I'm ready to do everything in my power to get the best guys to Michigan now."