RECRUITING: Marsh pulls trigger on Gators

Lawrence Marsh, the DE from Augusta (GA), has decided that he has seen all that he needs to see on the recruiting trail. Marsh has taken three official visits and made a decision of where he would like to spend the next four or five years of his life.

(Lawrence Marsh profile)

"I am committing to The University of Florida. The coaching staff makes it feel like home, and they have created a real good family atmosphere," said Marsh.

"I really like the coaches and I believe I will be taken care of for the next four or five years of my life," Marsh said. "I strongly believe that Florida is real interested in academics -- it's one of their main objectives and if I leave with anything, I know I will leave with a degree."

Marsh said the decision was one that he had been pondering deeply after he left Gainesville this weekend. He was in town on an official visit to Florida to see the Florida/FSU game. Marsh was impressed by everything the coaches told him and blown away by the atmosphere in The Swamp and the love he received from the community.

"I like the stadium -- it was very loud, they have die hard fans, and a pretty good campus. Florida is somewhere I want to be for my college career," said Marsh.

Marsh has developed a good relationship with defensive line coach Greg Mattison and is looking forward to playing for him at Florida. He loves what he sees happening at Florida and looks forward to being a part of the program. "Florida recruited me the hardest out of all the schools and I feel like the program is going in the right direction now and I have a chance to win a national championship," said Marsh.

Marsh has been receiving text messages every other day from Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer. "I like that he is a good coach, he has a pretty good background, he's young, and he cares about his players. He is going to get the best out of his players both on the football field and in the class room."

The aggressive play of Florida's defense appeals to him as well and he is looking forward to playing in the system. "Florida plays four down linemen; they allow the defensive linemen to get after the quarterback. All of their defensive players run to the football and I am looking forward to that style of play. I like the rotation that they use for their defensive line and it will give me a chance to get on the field next year."

Marsh had an excellent senior season for Josey High School -- he finished the season with 85 tackles and 15 sacks. "The game that stands out for me this season was against Cross Creek High School. I had 3 sacks and force 3 fumbles," he said.

Lawrence Marsh is now looking to continue that style of play at the University of Florida -- a school he feels is close to home and only wants the best for him.

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