Southfield, Mich., defensive end Lawrence Marshall has been a hot name in recruiting circles since his junior season came to an end in November. On Wednesday he landed offer No. 9 from a Big Ten program.
"I just got the Ohio State offer," Marshall reported. "They came to my school a couple times and every time I talked to them they said they were going to offer me, but never said when so it caught me by surprise."
Marshall learned about the Ohio State offer from Buckeye's defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, but he also has built a relationship with area recruiter Kerry Coombs.
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"I called Coach Coombs last week and we were catching up on stuff," Marshall said. "He's just been telling me that I am an Ohio State player and he likes how I get off the ball fast, am very athletic and stuff like that."
Marshall is not sure when he will make a visit to Columbus next to see the Buckeyes, but he is planning to check out another Big Ten program this weekend.
"I have a visit to Michigan State Sunday for their Junior Day," he said. "I went up to Michigan State two times for a game and one time for a bowl practice. They have a great coaching staff and I like how they are talking to me right now."
Both Michigan State and Ohio State have been talking with the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Marshall about playing a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role in their defenses.
Marshall has no other junior day visits planned for the winter, and he expects to take some time making his final college selection.
"My plan was to, if I get invited to an All-American game, commit at the All-American game," Marshall said.