Lawrence Marshall impressed by Frank Clark

Southfield (Mich.) High 2014 defensive end Lawrence Marshall was on Michigan's campus again Saturday to checkout a spring practice. GBW caught up with the four-star DE as he talked about his impressions of practice, his conversation with the coaches, his first take on Frank Clark, other thoughts on his visit, and more.

Southfield (Mich.) High 2014 defensive end Lawrence Marshall is one of the top prospects in the Midwest.

Marshall, who is rated a four-star prospect and No. 14 DE in the latest player rankings, was on University of Michigan's campus Saturday to check out spring football practice. And while on his visit, Marshall had a chance to watch the Wolverines' scrimmage -- in particular junior defensive end Frank Clark -- and also talk with coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

"The visit went good," Marshall told GoBlueWolverine. "Everything was good. I talked to both of those coaches -- it was the ‘same old stuff' (he's been to U-M many times this winter-spring). I got a chance to see the players scrimmage yesterday. I was paying attention to Frank Clark a lot. Because if I go to Michigan, I will be playing the same position as Frank Clark plays."

At 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, Marshall admits he could see playing in Michigan's defensive system. He also took an opportunity to talk with Clark, who gave him some advice about playing early at Michigan, which Marshall says he wants to do at whatever school he chooses.

"He told me to just work hard and if I get to 240-pounds, I'll probably see the field my freshman year," Marshall said on his conversation with Clark. "(Playing time), it's big for me. Playing time is a huge factor in my decision in what college I will be going to."

Marshall noted he liked the fact that both Mattison and Hoke coached the defensive line.

"They say I can fit well into their program," Marshall said. "I like the fact they have two coaches coaching their defensive line. Coach Mattison, he coached some of the greatest players ever at the NFL level and at Florida. So, that's a great feeling."

Marshall also enjoyed other aspects of his visit to Michigan's campus on Saturday.

"They showed me a lot of stuff," Marshall explained. "They showed me the academic part, and I talked with the coaches. Michigan has shown me a lot of stuff that I enjoyed seeing. I have basically seen a lot of things at a lot of schools. I have seen most of everything right now."

But one thing has really stuck out to Marshall so far on his visits to Ann Arbor.

"The players really have stuck out. I really enjoy being with the players," Marshall exclaimed. "They just go hard -- everybody plays hard."

Currently, Marshall has BCS offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Syracuse, Iowa, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Nebraska. He said plans on visiting Michigan State this Saturday as well as some other notable visits coming up.

"I plan on taking a visit to Ohio State sometime soon," Marshall said. "I'm trying to go to an SEC school still. I'm trying to visit some SEC schools by this summer."

Coming up, Marshall says he will be attending the NFTC camp in Columbus, Ohio, in early June.

As far as a decision timeline, he plans on making a 2014 Signing Day announcement.

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