January 13, 2013

Marshall provides insight on his visit to MSU

One of the top recruits in Michigan for next year is defensive end Lawrence Marshall of Southfield High School. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect was in East Lansing for the Spartan Junior Day on Sunday and we caught up with him shortly afterwards. Find out his thoughts about his time on campus.

Marshall already has an impressive list of scholarshipoffers which includes Big Ten powers such as Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan. Several other BCS schools such as Syracuse, Indiana and Pittsburgh have also extended him a scholarship as well. Marshall has been proactive when it comes to visits and he been to several schools this fall, but this was his first time at Michigan State in what would be called a formal recruiting setting. We asked him if there was something he took away from the visit?

"Yes, I learned that they want me to play the 9 technique," he stated. "The coaches want me on the outside where I can use my speed to get after the quarterback. They showed me the depth chart at my position and they showed me where I stand on the board and how I am at the top for my position. I was able to talk with all of the coaches. I spoke with the D-Line Coach, Coach Gill. I spoke with Coach Pat Narduzzi the Defensive Coordinator and with Coach Dantonio. I also got to tour the whole campus."

Did you get a chance to speak with Coach Dantonio one-on-one, and what were some of the things you talked about with him?

"Yes, my mom, sister and I were able to talk with Coach Dantonio for about 10 minutes. It went really well. What I took away from it is he said to make sure I go to a place where they want me to succeed in life. All of the coaches are going to say the same things and they all want me on the field, but to figure out who wants what is best for me off the field and when I am not playing football."

Numerous other recruits were also on campus and several Spartan players were at the basketball game, did you speak with some of them?

"Yes, I was able to take and hand out with guys like Malik McDowell, Lorenzo Collins and Deon Drake of Cass Tech. I also talked with Jamal Lyles. He and I are good friends so that was cool. There were lots of guys up there. I had a good time."

Deon Drake is committed to Michigan State as is Drake Harris. Damon Webb committed to Ohio State today. Do you have a time-table as far as making your decision and what are some of your future plans as far as your recruitment?

"Right now I am just taking things slow," Marshall said. "I plan on going to Ohio State sometime in February and I am also going to Michigan on the 17th of February to see a game. I am not really in a hurry to make my decision. I plan on taking my time."

This past fall Marshall had an exceptional season for Southfield High School tallying 75 tackles, 11 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and he even blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. We asked him about the expectations for next year.

"We plan to win it all," he said. "That is the goal. I spoke with the coaches and they said they might start using me a bit more eon offense as a tight end. Right now I am just working out for next year. I will be running track this spring."

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Marshall in the coming weeks. He indicated he will be attending a few camps and combines and SpartanMag.com will be sure to have coverage at those events.

Matt Dorsey Take: Marshall is definitely a plan A recruit for Michigan State and looking at the Spartan depth-chart it is easy to see why. He is the type of player that could come in and play a role very similar to current standout Marcus Rush. In fact, Marshall would have an opportunity to be a 3 or even 4 year starter if he did decided to end up in Green and White. Defensive end is a top priority for the class of 2014. If the Spartans do not add a quality DE to the class between now and signing day, Marshall recruitment becom4s even more important.We expect the recruitment of Marshall to be as competitive as any in the state of Michigan for the class of 2014.

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