A few short months ago Lawrence Marshall was sitting on a stack of MAC offers, wondering how long it would be before the BCS schools came to the table. Slowly but surely the interest level grew from major Big Ten schools, and not long after that childhood favorite Michigan State extended a scholarship. Then last week things really kicked into high gear.
“When Michigan offered I was surprised,” Marshall admitted. “Michigan was high on my list, but I hadn’t heard from them like that... just by mail and I went to the game once. That was about it. Then (last week) they came to my school. I was walking to my classroom and I saw Coach Jackson in the office. I think it was Thursday. I got an offer from Michigan and Pittsburgh, then Friday I got an offer from Syracuse. It’s been crazy. “
The next step for the Wolverines is to get the talented youngster back on campus… something he plans to do in the very near future.
Said Marshall, “I’m going to be going up (in Ann Arbor) for a bowl practice, but I’m not sure when yet. I’m going to find out more about them. I like Michigan. Michigan’s a nice school.”
While his view of the Maize & Blue is growing increasingly favorable, the same can be said for many of the other schools on his list. Ohio State gained some traction of its own when he traveled to Columbus a few weeks for the match up with the Wolverines.
“That was one of the best games I ever went to,” stated Marshall. “They said they really like me, and when I went down there they said they’d come to my school. (Last) Tuesday they came to my school and they said they really liked me, that I’m an offer (level) kid. (OSU assistant) Coach (Kerry) Coombs he keeps it real with you. He doesn’t sugar coat anything, he’s just straight and to the point. ”
Marshall has forged a similar opinion of is recruiter at Michigan State, Brad Salem.
“Coach Salem is one of the greatest coaches to me,” he said. “He’s a nice coach. I talk to him a lot, he sends me mail a lot, and comes and visits my school a lot… so we have a good connection. Michigan State… they talk to me a lot, they send me mail. They were at my school Monday.”
The rising junior expects a number of other coaches to make their way through Southfield in the coming weeks and months, and he plans to give each of his suitors an equal shot.
“I’m just going to hold out, wait, and take (recruiting) slow,” he said. “I don’t have a top five. I don’t have any top schools. I’m looking at everybody right now.”
He’s even looking at schools that haven’t quite begun looking his way yet.
“USC was like one of my favorite schools growing up too,” said Marshall. “Distance is not a problem. I’ll come back for Christmas and stuff like that, so it’ll be good.”
With plenty of time between now and a decision, Marshall is currently focusing his athletic attention on improving his game in hopes of becoming even more of a force next season.
“I’m not playing basketball this year,” he said. “There’s no way to. It’s all football now. I’ve just got to work harder. Just keep working hard and watch more film of other teams to see their weaknesses on the tape. We lost a couple seniors, but we have some juniors stepping up, sophomores stepping up, and freshmen stepping up too. Next season (the goal is to be) state champs. ”