October 17, 2011

Film Vault: Marshall continues to excel

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Middletown (Ohio) product Jalin Marshall is one of the top rising juniors in the entire Midwest. Schools from all over the nation are showing interest in the versatile athlete and in this piece we take a look at some highlight clips from Middletown's 21-3 victory over Cincinnati Sycamore last Friday.

On Friday night, Marshall rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown, putting him at 1,000 yards for the season, and also added 100 yards passing with a pair of scores. Marshall also had a 41-yard rushing touchdown called back in the first quarter.

Coming into the season, it was no secret that Marshall was a dynamic weapon, capable of making huge plays with his arm and his legs. After a move from the shotgun spread to the triple option, Marshall has proven to be a much tougher runner between the tackles than originally thought. While still clearly at his best when running in space, his ability to run with some power between the tackles greatly adds to his value at the next level and makes him more than just a situational prospect. Marshall has impressive leg drive for a player that has played quarterback for virtually his entire life and rarely goes down at first contact.

In the open field, Marshall is as fast and elusive as you will find. He has a second gear that you don't see very often and is blessed with a special ability to not only quickly change direction but to stop and start in the blink of an eye. Rarely do you have a player that has great top end speed but that can also get to that top speed quickly and Marshall would certainly fall into that category.

I will say the same thing about Marshall now that I said the previous two years about former Glenville, and current Indiana player Shane Wynn, there is simply no more electric player in Ohio with the ball in his hands, regardless of class. The difference between Marshall and Wynn, however, is about four inches of height and 40-pounds of muscle.

This is going to come as very high praise and I don't believe he will rank quite this highly on the national level, but Marshall's skill set is very similar to that of a Percy Harvin. He can play receiver, he can play running back, and he could be a big-time kick returner as well. He is a player that you simply get him the ball and watch the scoreboard change.


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