Despite his team losing in overtime Friday night to end their 2012 season, Southfield, Mich., class of 2014 defensive end Lawrence Marshall has had a pretty decent week, capped by an offer from the Michigan State Spartans while he was visiting East Lansing Saturday.
"As soon as I got there and came on the field a coach came up to me and said, 'Coach [Mark] Dantonio wants to talk to you," Marshall recounted. "I went up to Coach D and he offered me. I was very happy getting my first big-time offer from Michigan State."
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Marshall said he has been receiving mail from Michigan State and talking with assistant coach Brad Salem since the beginning of the season.
The offer from Michigan State was Marshall's fifth of the process and third of the week. He received his first Big Ten offer on Friday.
"I got offered yesterday by Indiana," Marshall said. "The coach came to my school Friday and I got the offer right before our game.
"I went down to Indiana and it is a great school. I went down for the Indiana vs. Michigan State game and it was very nice."
Marshall has also visited games this season at Michigan and Bowling Green and he is looking to attend Toledo's Tuesday night home game next week against Buffalo.
Toledo also offered earlier this week, while Bowling Green and San Diego State offered earlier this fall. All the attention has Marshall appreciating where he has gotten so early in his recruitment.
"It's amazing with college after college coming through the school and getting offers. It's everything I dreamed of," Marshall said. "I'm enjoying it right now and just going to take my time."
Marshall capped a strong junior season in Friday's loss, tallying 11 tackles and two sacks against Oak Park. He finished with double-digit sacks on the season.