Will Marrow be the Next Junior Offered?

New Albany's Mike Marrow is having an excellent junior season. He is interested in Ohio State and it appears the Buckeye feeling is mutual. Bill Greene has more on this fast rising junior prospect.

It's no secret that Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes are quite fond of big, fast, versatile athletes. That would explain the Buckeye's interest in New Albany's Mike Marrow.

Marrow, 6' 2" and 240 pounds, is one of the top prospects in the 2009 class. He has already been offered by Toledo and more offers will be coming. Marrow could play linebacker, fullback or defensive end at the next level. He has played the past two season's at New Albany, after transferring from Columbus DeSales.

"I'm playing running back and middle linebacker right now," Marrow said. "Ohio State hasn't really said what position they're recruiting me at. They like my speed for someone my size. I ran just under a 4.7 at their camp last summer and I did real well in all the drills. The coaches told me they will be keeping an eye on me all year. They have invited me to every home game. I like the program a lot, and I've been to Ohio State games a lot."

Marrow has already developed a relationship with Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel and admits he's impressed with the Ohio State leader.

"Coach Tressel is a very nice man and a great coach obviously," Marrow stated. "He knows my father well and I've known him for a while. He told me I had a great camp last summer. He told me he likes me a lot as a football player. He said they are looking at me as a defensive end and as a fullback. I don't have a preference for what position I play in college."

Marrow talked about what he feels are his greatest strengths as a football player. He also admitted he knows he needs to continue to work hard at becoming a better player.

"I have the ability to get to the football and make tackles on defense," he said. "Offensively, I can run the football and block for someone else just as effectively. I think I'm a very physical football player, with good speed. I need to train harder and work on my speed to become a better player."

Marrow has attracted the attention of several top programs, in addition to Ohio State. He spoke about who else has contacted him.

"Notre Dame, Penn State, North Carolina, Florida, Nebraska, Maryland and Northwestern are some of the schools that have contacted me and I'm interested in all of them," Marrow admitted. "I've been to games at Ohio State and Northwestern already. I'll be going to Notre Dame to see them play USC. I'll be at Penn State the following week."

Marrow spoke of his list of favorites at this point, while noting that he knows it's very early in the process. He named an early list of five favorites.

"My top five at this time would be Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida and maybe Michigan," Marrow noted. "Distance won't be a factor for me at all. I would go anywhere in the country if it was the right place for me.'

"I like the fan support and the atmosphere at Ohio State. I love the tradition there also. Jim Tressel is a great coach and he's easy to talk to. I think he's a spiritual man and he always talks about my grades and the importance of education.'

"I know Brian Robiskie and Chris Wells pretty well and they are always talking about me playing at Ohio State. Troy Smith is a family friend and he's been to our house a lot to hang out with us. Troy would always tell me how great it was at Ohio State. I like them a lot obviously."

As one of the top prospects in Ohio, Mike Marrow is a player we will track very closely at Scout.com. He is a player that not only is a success on the field, but he's succeeding in the classroom at New Albany too. It's no surprise to see the Buckeyes, and other top programs, showing interest in such a talented young man.

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