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Jalin Marshall has had OSU fans watching him throughout his high school career much as they did for Braxton Miller until two years ago, and for good reason.
Urban Meyer could utilize Marshall's elusiveness in the open field a la Percy Harvin, something Middletown head coach Troy Everhart feels is right in Marshall's wheelhouse, he told Clayton Fuller of The Lantern.
"The kid is electric,” Everhart said. “I mean, every time he touches the ball there’s an outstanding chance it’s going all the way. I wanted him to touch the ball as often as possible. When he played for me, it’s almost shameful but I wanted him to have the ball half the game.”
Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith told Doug Lesmerises of the The Plain Dealerthat he knows Marshall is still a bit raw when it comes to the wide receiver position, but he believes his athletic gifts will ease the transition:
There are some rough fundamental issues, just in that he hasn't been in a stance and hasn't been catching slant routes his whole career. But the intangible value of a kid like Jalin Marshall far outweighs any deficiencies in getting in a receiver stance. That's my job. I'll get him in a receiver stance. He'll learn to run slant routes. The intangibles he brings are what really makes a guy like that attractive to us.
During a recent practice, Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch had these thoughts about Marshall's transition to wide receiver:
Freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall looks like he can contribute right away. He looked speedy and is bigger than (Dontre) Wilson. He made a nice catch in double coverage in the back of the end zone but the pass was thrown just deep enough that Marshall wasn’t able to come down inbounds.