May 23, 2011

Marshall makes people take notice

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Middletown (Ohio) athlete Jalin Marshall was one of several hundred athletes to make their way to Columbus for the annual Nike Camp on the campus of The Ohio State University. Marshall has already started to make a name for himself and schools are starting to take notice of the 6-foot, 190-pounder from the class of 2013.

So far two schools have jumped in with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh pulling the trigger with offers. You can be sure that more schools will get involved as the process continues to develop.

"I like Pitt but I haven't had a chance to talk to the new coaching staff, I like Cincinnati a lot too with coach (Kerry) Coombs," Marshall said. "He comes down and talks to me and treats me well too."

The question remains if quarterback will be a final destination for Marshall however, he possesses great athleticism and many feel that he could be better suited to play a different position on the field. Are his two offers looking at him under center or elsewhere?

"I know UC was and I am not sure about Pitt," Marshall said. "They might move me and they might not. Whatever it takes for my team to win I will be there and will do that."

Other schools have been keeping an eye on Marshall including Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama and of course in-state Ohio State. Marshall if familiar with the Buckeyes and like most players who grow up in Ohio holds the program in high regard.

"I came to a couple of games and I just really like atmosphere of everything and being around all of the people," Marshall said.

On Saturday Marshall worked out with the quarterbacks and felt that he learned several valuable lessons to help his development at that position.

"I want to be able to develop myself as a passer and be composed in the pocket and just not throw to one receiver, look at all my receivers, and work on my drop back and just develop." Marshall said.

Marshall however would be willing to give that all up at the next level if it helps his team win. He mentioned that he could play both wide receiver or running back. He feels that one of his strongest attributes on the field could play a factor whenever he touches the ball.

"When I take off people don't know what I am going to do next and that is one thing that people should watch with me," Marshall said.


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