Athletic Lineman Makes His Presence Known At Camp

This big, athletic lineman from the Peach state had a strong showing at Auburn's second team passing camp.

Augusta, Ga.--T.W. Josey High's Lawrence Marsh has been able to fly a bit below the radar of most recruiting experts heading into the summer prior to his senior season. However, that does not mean that the very athletic 6-5, 260-pounder, who plays both offensive and defensive line, has been able to fly below the radar of college coaches throughout the South and East.

" I have 11 offers," the talented lineman explains. "Maryland, Notre Dame, Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisville, Georgia, Wake Forest, Purdue, South Carolina State and Florida have offered. Florida just offered me like three days ago."

Marsh's size was easily noticeable when he stepped onto the field with his team for the second Auburn team passing camp of the season. However, once he started to fly around the field as an outside linebacker on defense and at tight end on offense, his potential to play at the next level became very evident.

"I like the camp a lot because I got to play outside linebacker covering a lot of fast guys, working on my speed and locking them down, and I got to play tight end," Marsh explained about the experience. "In my offense I don't really catch the ball a lot, but I came out there and caught a whole bunch of passes and seven or eight touchdowns."

The big man, who says he has clocked a personal best 4.79 40 time, adds that a low 4.8 is about his average.

Once the pads go on in the fall, Marsh says that he really only gets to do the dirty work for his team. "I play defensive end and in certain situations I play defensive tackle, the three technique," he explains. "On offense, I start at offensive tackle and when we are in our power rushing game I go to tight end."

However, he adds doing that dirty work is something he thoroughly enjoys. "I like to sack the quarterback, I like to play the run and I like to catch people from the backside."

The talented lineman, who notes he would like to play either defensive end or tight end on the college level, says that he had a very solid season for his team as a junior. " I know I had over 80 tackles, eight sacks and 15 tackles for a loss," Marsh explains.

Along with being a terror for opposing quarterbacks on the football field, Marsh says that he also plays basketball and throws for the track team at Josey High.

Although he doesn't remember his stats playing center and power forward, Marsh says that he is receiving some recruiting attention in his secondary sport of basketball, but adds that he plans on playing football in college.

As far as recruiting goes, the big athlete notes that he is wide open right now, but adds that he does know of a few things he would like to find in his college of choice. "I am interested in a school with good academics and a school that is going to care about me in the long run and help make sure I graduate," he explains. "Also, a place that I can come in and play early and, hopefully, make an impact in my first year."

As for his early impression of the Auburn Tigers, Marsh says it is a good one. "I like Auburn because they have recruited some guys from down in our area and I like that," he notes. "I like Auburn. I like their team. I know they have got a good defense and all the tradition. I have heard a little bit, but I don't know too much, but that's what I came down here to see."

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