The Irish usually don't have a lot of luck pulling top talent out of the state of Georgia, but that hasn't stopped this Irish coaching staff from trying. Asher Allen and Toryan Smith along with Josey high school native Lawrence Marsh are three Peach State prospects already offered by the Irish staff.
Marsh says he was surprised when he opened up a letter from Notre Dame and saw his official offer from the Irish.
"I was real excited about that one," said Marsh of his Irish offer. "Not too many people get an offer from Notre Dame. I wasn't expecting that. It's a great school with great tradition. They gave me great props for that one."
Marsh says he's already spoken with members of the Notre Dame coaching staff a couple of times.
"I've talked to coach Lewis," he said. "He came to my school and I talked to him later. I talked to another coach from there as well. I'm supposed to call in and talk to their head coach on Tuesday. I'm excited to talk to him and to get to know more about the school."
Besides Notre Dame, Marsh also has an impressive list of offers.
"Maryland, Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Purdue, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Tennessee State and South Carolina State are my offers right now," he said.
While plenty of teams want Marsh, there isn't a consensus on what his best position might be.
"A lot of teams are recruiting for both sides of the ball," he said. "Some want me for tight end. Others want me for defensive end. Some say I can play both."
As with most southern players, distance from home usually becomes a deciding factor. We asked Marsh if leaving home would be a problem for him.
"Distance won't be a problem," he said. "My mom said it doesn't matter. She'd like to come see me play, but she wants me to go where I feel I need to go."
We asked Marsh what he was looking for in a school.
"I want a team that is going to stick with me and make me focus on academics," he said. "I'd also like to find a team where I'll get a chance to play as a freshman."
When might Marsh make a decision?
"I really don't know," he said. "I haven't even thought about it. I can't really get to the schools that are far away until I take my official visits, so I'll probably have to wait to take my visits to give those schools a look. I really don't know when I'll decide."
Does Marsh have any favorites?
"Notre Dame has a very good shot at getting me," he said. "I like North Carolina, Florida, Georgia….I like all the schools that have offered me. I don't really have any one favorite school right now."
Comments: Marsh seemed very excited about Notre Dame. He seemed to have a real genuine interest in knowing a lot more about the Irish. We should know more after his conversation with Weis, which also happens to be scheduled for today.