Marshall Talks Irish & Playoffs

Forgive Jalin Marshall if his mind is on winning football games and not on the several colleges that are recruiting him. While Marshall has seen many changes over his junior season, his main goal is to help Middletown win a state championship. spoke with Marshall to get the latest on his interest in Notre Dame.

Middletown (Ohio) quarterback Jalin Marshall burst onto the recruiting scene last season.

After an impressive sophomore year that saw the 6-foot-1, 190-pound signal caller pass for 659 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding another 1,405 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns from a spread offensive attack, Marshall was quickly deemed the top offensive threat in Ohio and college programs including Notre Dame offered.

However, this fall a coaching change at the Southwest Ohio program saw the discarding of the spread offensive attack Marshall used to gain all those yards and touchdowns. In its place came a triple-option attack used by new head coach Troy Everhart to win a state championship two seasons ago.

While many would have looked at other avenues, Marshall stayed put and the results have proven to be just as effective.

Marshall, who has already been issued a Five-Star ranking by has been an offensive force this fall passing for 721 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 1,576 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Last Saturday night Marshall helped his team to a 28-10 victory over Centerville (Ohio) High School in the first round of the playoffs.

How does it feel to get that first playoff win under his belt?

"It feels good," said Marshall. "I hope we can keep playing as it's very important for us to go as far as possible. If we win this weekend we'll be the Middletown team that has gone the farthest. So it is very important."

A few weeks ago, Marshall did use one of his Saturday's to visit Notre Dame when the Irish played USC. How was that experience?

"It was good and I liked it a lot," said Marshall. "They treated me well and Notre Dame is a great school. So I liked it a lot. It was a nice experience as the atmosphere was great and the overall experience watching a big game was good."

With a huge number of recruits on hand, Marshall said the Irish staff did a solid job of making contact during his time on campus.

"I talked with pretty much all the coaches," Marshall said. "I just went up there to see how it was for a game day and see the game. So I didn't go with any notion of them spending a lot of time with me."

Having visited Notre Dame, could Marshall see himself playing for the Irish?

"I could see myself playing there," said Marshall. "However, it's still a long ways away and I'm concentrating on what I can control now."

While Marshall has made his mark as a quarterback, many project him to play a different position in college. Are any programs recruiting him as a quarterback?

"Some programs have said I can be a quarterback," said Marshall. "While it's important to me, it will not affect my decision. I would like to play quarterback but will look at each opportunity before ruling anything out."

This Saturday, Marshall will look to help the Middies win their 11th game of the season when they battle Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller in the second round of the Region Four playoffs. A win would match the Middies up against Greater Catholic League power St. Xavier or conference rival Colerain the following Saturday for a chance to win a regional championship. Top Stories