The Ohio State Buckeyes have reportedly added a nice defensive piece for their 2014 class in defensive end Lawrence Marshall, according to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch.
May tweeted the following on Sunday:
Michigan site reported earlier DL Lawrence Marshall also committed to Buckeyes today.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) February 10, 2013
The lanky defensive end comes out of Southfield, Mich., where he put his 6'3", 225-pound frame to work as a weak-side defensive end. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he is a 4-star recruit and is currently rated as the 16th-best player at his position.
Marshall was on the radar of fellow Big Ten powers Michigan and Michigan State, so landing him is a great coup for the Buckeyes.
In 2012, he helped lead Southfield High School to an 8-4 season on the strength of the league's best scoring defense. The Bluejays gave up just 192 points in 12 games, including just 99 points in seven league games.
You can get a good feel for Marshall's dynamic abilities in his highlight video, in which he displays his excellent length and athleticism.
Marshall always seems to explode off the snap, often overwhelming offensive tackles before they can even get out of their stance. Another thing that stands out regarding Marshall is his motor, as the video shows him chasing down multiple players all over the field.
With some time and dedication in the weight room, Marshall has the potential to be a real steal for the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class. His excellent athleticism and playmaking ability make him a prospect to watch in Columbus.
Marshall joins a class that is already shaping up to be an excellent one for the Buckeyes. Ohio State has already landed five recruits for 2014, but Marshall stands out as having the potential to continue the Buckeyes' tradition of defensive excellence.
The Buckeyes will surely look to continue to expand their recruiting dominance even further in the Big Ten.