January 30, 2012

Marshall joins the frenzy

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It is a full year before the class of 2013 can sign their scholarship papers but Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has already locked up the top two prospects in the state of Ohio. Middletown (Ohio) athlete Jalin Marshall became the second member of the Buckeyes 2013 class on Monday. The 6-foot, 195-pound athlete had intended to make his decision public on January 31st but with leaks on twitter, Marshall gave the go-ahead to run the story.

"It was just the best decision for me and my family as well," said Marshall. "They don't have to go far to see me play and when I went to Ohio State on visits and stuff it just felt like home to me."

Marshall had wanted to wait until Tuesday to make his announcement public as Tuesday is his father's birthday. Marshall had hoped to give his dad the news as part of his birthday gift.

"He's just done a lot for me in my life," Marshall said. "To be able to get the opportunity to do this for him was great. We haven't had a chance to talk about it too much yet (due to the information being leaked early) so we'll sit down and call coach Meyer tonight and see what he has to say."

Since the day Meyer was hired, Marshall has been at the very top of the priority list and while Meyer's effort certainly helped, Marshall credited the whole staff as a major reason for his commitment.

"(Meyer) had a lot of impact," he said. "The coaches that had already been there had a big impact too and then coach (Tim) Hinton had came over from Notre Dame. Coach Meyer just set everything in stone. It was in my mind for a while and I just had to talk to my family. For me, this is probably one of the best decision I'll ever make."

During the recruiting process, Meyer even met privately with members of Marshall's family, without Jalin himself being present. That type of relationship-building by Meyer carried major weight with the speedy athlete.

"It meant a lot," he said. "He took the time out of his day to talk to my family without me being there. It meant a lot to me that he would do that."

Marshall's future position has been the topic of great discussion over the last several months and even now, it seems a bit unclear just where Marshall will see the majority of the snaps. One thing is certain, however, Marshall will have the ball in his hands frequently.

"They just said they want to put the ball in my hands and see what I can do with it," he said. "They said they know that I can make plays."

Marshall is the second big-time junior to commit to Ohio State in the last two weeks, as the Buckeyes had just recently landed Trotwood (Ohio) Madison defensive back Cameron Burrows. Burrows and Marshall have struck up a friendship over the last several months and look forward to suiting up together.

"We talked about it a lot," he said. "When he told me he was going to commit, I was getting ready to commit as well so it's going to be great for me and him to get to play together."

Marshall is the No. 2 rated junior in the state of Ohio by BuckeyeGrove.com and one of the premier athletes in the nation.


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