Marshall Explains Buckeye Commitment

Southfield (Mich.) junior DE Lawrence Marshall is a Buckeye after committing today and he says he's happy to be part of the family.

Ohio State picked up their second class of 2014 commitment in the state of Michigan today, when Lawrence Marshall, a 6'3, 215-LB defensive end gave them his verbal.

"When I went down for the visit, it was amazing. The coaches, and the coaches families and fans treated me great and told me about the school."

Naturally, the Buckeye coaching staff was very happy to have a player of Marshall's size, athleticism, and skill to their class.

"We were in coach's office. Me, my mom, my sister, and Coach Coombs. We are in Coach Meyer's office and he said when are you going to stop the recruiting process? And I said right now. I'm committing to Ohio State. And they all started jumping up and down and they were really happy."

Marshall chose the school over offers from schools like Tennessee, Pittsburgh, and a couple closer to home like Michigan and Michigan State.

"I already have some people calling me a traitor," he said. "But I just want to play football. And nobody is going to stop me."

There are many things that Marshall can do on the field, all of which made him a heavily recruited prospect. The Buckeyes do have plans on how they're going to use him already though.

"I'm going to play defensive end spot and drop into coverage."

As for visits, Marshall said he is "all Buckeye," and so much so that he is planning on getting other Michigan natives, like fellow defensive lineman Malik McDowell, who he trains with, to come down to Columbus with him.

"I'll definitely help recruit."

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