New Albany junior Mike Marrow was a guest of Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes last Saturday for practice. Marrow, 6'2 and 235 pounds, is being recruited as a fullback or linebacker by Ohio State.
"It was great being at practice on Saturday," Marrow began. "[Recruiting coordinator]John Peterson called my dad on Friday and invited us to come to practice. I liked it a lot. The coaches took me and John Simon around on a tour of everything. I know Simon liked it a lot too. We had a great time together and it was cool hanging out with him. Coach [Jim] Heacock talked with me a lot and we talked about where I might fit in at Ohio State. They want me to talk with the runningbacks coach, but I didn't get a chance to see him. I talked with Jim Tressel a little bit and he just asked how things were going for me. Ohio State is recruiting me as a fullback and as a linebacker. They said I'm the number one fullback on their board for 2009. They said I could also be in a 1-back set for them. My dad talks with the coaches pretty often and I like Ohio State a lot. The facilities are unbelievable and the coaching staff is great."
Marrow holds no offers at this time, but is hearing from most of the top programs in the Mid-West.
"Coach Eric Wolford of Illinois was at my school the other day," Marrow said. "He was talking to me about the fact that they are in the process of grading my film and there's a good chance they will be offering me. He said they are very interested. They're recruiting me as a fullback. Nebraska talked with my dad the other day and said they would be offering after signing day. My dad went to high school with [head coach] Bo Pellini and they're good friends. Cincinnati was in the school last week too and said they would be contacting me. A lot of schools are having junior days and said I would be invited to come in for those games. I haven't set up any visits yet, but I know I'll be going to the junior combine in San Antonio in January. We'll see what comes up after that."
Marrow has taken a few visits during the season and is familiar with some of the other programs.
"I attended a couple Ohio State games and loved it there," he said. "I've also been to Notre Dame and Penn State. I got invited to a lot of games at other places, but couldn't go because of our football games. I'm still interested in any program that's interested in me. I had a good year at runningback and linebacker, but I wouldn't care about playing offense or defense in college. I'm working with a trainer on lowering my speed times right now. Some people think I might even play defensive end if I grow more. I just want to play football. I'm not playing baseball this year because I want to concentrate on football totally. I know it's still early in the recruiting process but I'm really enjoying it. I'm starting to hear from Alabama and that's cool to be hearing from the Southern schools. I'm hopeful that I can perform well in San Antonio and improve my stock nationally and in Ohio. My dad knows a lot of college coaches pretty well and they tell him I'm doing pretty good at this stage of my career, but I know I need to keep working all the time to get better."
Mike Marrow is the type of athlete that will end up drawing a lot of recruiting interest because of his combination of size and speed. His versatility only adds to his value. We will continue to monitor his progress throughout the following year.