September 8, 2011

Marshall enjoys Ohio State visit

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Many of Ohio State's top junior targets were on hand on Saturday afternoon for the season opener against Akron. Middletown (Ohio) athlete Jalin Marshall sits right near the top of key junior targets for the Buckeyes and the 6-foot, 190-pound prospect enjoyed his visit to Columbus.

"It was good, they played well," said Marshall of the Akron game. "I like that they played as a team and that they didn't let (the off-season distractions) get to them. They went out there and played hard and I liked that a lot."

The Buckeyes played 12 true freshmen on Saturday and saw numerous other young players get reps throughout the game. Seeing so many young players out on the field made an impression on Marshall.

"It just shows that they give everybody an opportunity," Marshall said. "It doesn't matter if you're a true freshman, redshirt freshman, or whatever, they give you an opportunity (to play)."

While on campus, Marshall was able to speak with a number of other recruits, including Trotwood-Madison defensive back Cameron Burrows. The two prospects sit atop the class of 2013 Ohio rankings.

"I talked to (Burrows)," he said. We were just talking about our seasons and how we were doing and stuff like that, just a mutual conversation."

Marshall also took the time to speak with a trio of assistant coaches.

"I talked to coach (Nick) Siciliano, coach (Stan) Drayton, and coach (John) Peterson," he said. "They were just catching up and seeing what was going on with me, just stuff like that."

On the field, Marshall put together another outstanding performance in a week two victory over Troy, 29-21. Marshall didn't carry the ball nearly as much as he did in week one against Wayne, but still finished with over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

"We just came out and played hard and played together and came away with the victory," Marshall said. "It just took great team focus and leadership. I think we can get a little bit better on offense and put up even more yards."

Marshall continues to adjust from last year's spread offense to the triple option attack that new coach Troy Everhart has installed.

"It's getting better and better every game," he said. "Our coach is a great coach so everyone is committing to it."

Marshall also said that nothing has changed for him in terms of a top schools list or new offers and that he has not yet scheduled any additional visits.


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