Marrow Provides Options

New Albany (Ohio) High head football coach Mark Mueller is glad he doesn't have to project what position to play Mike Marrow at on the next level. He uses him on both sides of the ball. However, all the college programs recruiting the 6-foot-2, 235-pound standout, will eventually have to make a decision.

Notre Dame is in that boat.

"That's the best thing about my job," Mueller stated. "I don't have to do that. He's a very versatile player. He plays tailback in our wing-t offense. He could play fullback at the next level. Illinois is recruiting him as that. He could play h-back in some offenses. He has great hands. And he could play linebacker.

"He could play a lot of positions."

Mike Marrow already holds scholarship offers from Nebraska and Toledo, where his father Vince played before enjoying an NFL career as a tight end with the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers.

"Illinois is about to offer and so is Penn State," Marrow added. He has also been receiving interest from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Central Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Rutgers.

This past fall, Marrow rushed for 810 yards and 10 touchdowns, while averaging 5.06 yards per carry. He also had 27 tackles, three of those coming for loss including a sack as a part-time middle linebacker.

"He's a big kid," Mueller stated. "An active kid. He moves well for being about 235 pounds. Strong as an ox and tough. He definitely has some attributes major colleges are looking at."

Marrow runs a 4.7 second 40-yard dash. He can bench press 390 pounds, and squat 515. Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian stopped by the school a couple weeks ago for an hour or so.

"He couldn't say much," Marrow said. "He just wanted to see me and see how I was doing. He said he'll be talking to me later. I have his card, I need to email him."

"We met for about an hour about Mike," Mueller said. "I think it went very well. Notre Dame does a great job of really looking at the talent. They're not going to jump and throw out offers. They're going to come and visit and take the time and make sure players fit the school and football program."

Marrow, who has a 3.0 GPA, will be making his first trip to Notre Dame's campus on Feb. 24th for the Irish's junior day.

"I like them a lot," Marrow said. I'd go there. It's always been a top-five school of mine. I've never been up there, but my Dad has told me about their tradition and stuff, and I've seen movies on them."

Marrow isn't sure what side of the ball Notre Dame likes him on.

"It doesn't matter to me where I play, I like them both," he said.

Marrow's other top-five favorites are Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska and Illinois.

He has made trips to Columbus and Happy Valley. He was supposed to go to Champaign and Michigan this past season, but couldn't make it because of commitments to his New Albany High team. He'd like to make a college decision sooner rather than later, and hopes to see a bunch of schools this spring and summer.

"I'm looking to see how the academics are, and the atmosphere of the school."

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