Syracuse is still working hard to complete their 2013 class.. That doesn't mean, however, they aren't looking towards 2014 prospects. Recently, Syracuse offered Southfield High (MI) defensive end Lawrence Marshall. Southfield also producted current Syracuse tight end Ron Thompson. Like Thompson, Marshall is very talented and will make an impact wherever he goes.
"I'm the type of player that is quick off the line," Marshall described. "I like to use my hands a lot. I use my hands good to get to the quarterback a lot. I run a 4.7 40. Pass rushing is my biggest strength. But I'm also good against the run. I'm good against both."
Given his size and speed, many schools have shown interest believing they can turn Marshall into a defensive force. He has already taken some unofficial visits to nearby schools.
"A bunch of schools have offered me," Marshall said. "Schools that have offered me are Bowling Green, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Syracuse, and Toledo. Syracuse offered recently.
"Michigan and Michigan State are coming at me the hardest. I've done unofficial visits to Bowling Green, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State."
Marshall received an official offer from Syracuse recently. Though that has not come as a surprise. Assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley has been developing their relationship for some time.
"Syracuse has been recruiting me for a long time so the offer wasn't a surprise," Marshall admitted. "They've been recruiting me since my tenth grade year. They were around at my school and that's where I met Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley. We've had a connection ever since then.
"It's been great talking to him. We have a great relationship. He's always kept it real with me. He's a straight shooter."
Wheatley continues to develop the relationship with Marshall. He stays in touch often, and informs him of how he'd fit in at Syracuse.
"He's said he likes me and that I'd be a great fit for Syracuse," the 6-foot-3 defensive end recalled. "Just stuff like that. He believes I can play at the next level after college. So he wants me to keep my grades up and stuff like that."
Despite all the interest, Marshall is in no rush to decide. He wants to evaluate all options and take his official visits. However, he does have a clear vision of what he's looking for.
"I'm keeping everything open right now," the Southfield (MI) product declared. "The state of Michigan is not a factor at all in my recruitment. Location won't play a factor in where I commit or don't commit. I'm keeping my options open for all schools right now.
"The coaching staff and how they treat their players is most important to me. Playing time is a big factor too. I'd like to make my decision before the start of my senior season. I'll probably start taking more visits over the summer."