RECRUITING: UF Visit Outstanding For Marsh

Lawrence Marsh arrived in Gainesville this past weekend expecting a good football game and a good visit to the University of Florida. What he got far exceeded his expectations. Florida beat FSU decisively, the game day atmosphere was outstanding and the visit on campus and with the coaches went so well that he said, "The experience at Florida was more than I expected."

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The 6-5, 260-pound defensive end from Augusta (GA) Josey is rated three stars by, a ranking that is likely to increase after a season in which he registered 15 sacks. He has 15 solid scholarship offers from schools such as Florida, Auburn, Notre Dame, Clemson and North Carolina.

Marsh spent Saturday on the recruit benches in the south end zone at The Swamp watching the Gators destroy Florida State, 34-7. He wasn't surprised that Florida won the game, but he was surprised at the final margin of victory.

"I was surprised at the outcome of the game," he said. "I thought the score would be closer because of the rivalry between the two teams."

Marsh was amazed with the fans in The Swamp who may have set some new decibel records at certain points of the game. The intensity of Florida's fans from start to finish of the game may be just the invitation Marsh needs to say yes to Florida's scholarship offer.

"It was so hyped in the stadium!" he said. "The fans were unbelievable, they truly love the Gators."

Marsh has been to some very big football games this year so he can make a fair comparison about game day atmosphere.

"I attended the Notre Dame-USC game (in South Bend), Auburn-Alabama (in Auburn), and Florida-Florida State and they were all sold out," he said. "Florida had the best atmosphere of all three games and was the loudest of the stadiums."

Back at home in Augusta, Marsh says he will compare the three on campus visits he's made and will use them as part of his criteria to determine where he will make his football home for the next four years.

Florida's appeal went beyond what happened on the playing field. He loved what he saw during the game, but it was post game that really made the deepest impression.

"The love that was shown in the locker room was unbelievable," he said. "The coaches and players were congratulating the seniors on their careers at Florida. They also took the time to show love to all the recruits."

Marsh's final choice will likely come from Florida, Auburn, and Notre Dame but he really loves the direction the Florida program is headed.

"Coach (Urban) Meyer is a pretty good coach," said Marsh. "He is honest, dedicated to winning and very dedicated to getting me into his program. Coach Meyer seems to have his program going in the right direction with discipline and respect."

He has a chance to take two more official visits, but he's not sure that he needs to go on any more trips.

"I will get together with my family and we will make the decision as to whether or not I will take anymore visits," he said.

Marsh's official visit to Florida did not end on Saturday. Marsh spent Sunday talking to the coaching staff and touring the campus.

"The campus was beautiful and the coaches were telling me why they wanted me to commit to Florida," said Marsh. "I want to major in sports management. Florida has an outstanding program for that major."

Marsh left Gainesville on Sunday and returned home to Augusta. He has some hard choices to make in the next few weeks but if the lasting impressions from Gainesville are any indicator, he could be calling The Swamp his football home the next four years.

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