Season of Change for Marshall

Class of 2013 recruit Jalin Marshall is ready to get his junior year underway this weekend. He spoke with about all the changes he's seen since last season.

After back-to-back 10-win seasons, two Division I playoff berths and a conference championship, Middletown will again look for quarterback Jalin Marshall to be an offensive force in 2011.

However, Marshall has seen many changes since his sophomore season ended with a loss to Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne in the first round of last season's playoffs.

Saturday night, Marshall will look to reverse that outcome as he'll face off against Wayne to open the 2011 season.

"Yes I'm really excited to open with Wayne this season," said Marshall. "I love the fact we get to play them right out of the gate and I can't wait to take the field."

One reason the Middies are different this fall is the hiring of Troy Everhart as head coach after Jason Krause left for another job at a conference rival.

"We run the triple option now," said Marshall. "We have been a pass-first type of team and we'll still throw the ball 12-15 times a game. But we're going to be running the ball a lot more this year."

How has Marshall handled the changes in the offense?

"It hasn't been that hard," said Marshall. "I'm a pretty smart kid and pick things up quickly. Once I pick something up it's easier to learn so it's not been that hard."

While picking up the small things to the triple option attack, Marshall does have one area he's still getting use to.

"It's harder now as I have to be under center instead of setting up in the shotgun," said Marshall. "In the shotgun you had things more spread out and more room to run. But I feel it suits me and we'll find out on Saturday night."

So far Marshall's team has taken part in two scrimmages, finishing 1-1 with a tough 16-13 loss to powerhouse program Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder.

With seven verbal scholarship offers, Marshall claims he's not too worried about recruiting at this point.

"I've got offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Tennessee and Cincinnati," said Marshall. "I'm not really worrying about it too much as I've only been thinking about getting ready for the season. Right now I'm just trying to enjoy life as long as it last."

Looking back has Marshall been surprised about all the attention and early offers?

"I was surprised at first," said Marshall. "But once colleges started calling I got less surprised by it and more excited about it. It's made me work that much harder."

Are there any favorites at this early stage for Marshall?

"No," said Marshall. It's so early I really can't say there are any favorites."

Has there been any thought about how far away from home Marshall would consider traveling?

"I really don't know how far away I would go," said Marshall. "I'll have to sit down and talk with my parents about it in the near future."

Despite the change in offensive scheme Marshall should be considered one of the biggest recruits in Ohio for the 2013 class. Last season saw Marshall complete 51-of-101 passes for 659 yards and 12 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,405 yards and 17 touchdowns. Top Stories