November 20, 2011

Marshall gets another look at Ohio State

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Outstanding Middletown (Ohio) junior athlete Jalin Marshall has grown quite familiar with the Ohio State campus. On Saturday afternoon, he once again made the trip to Columbus to watch the Buckeyes take on Penn State. Though the game wasn't a true night game, Marshall did enjoy the experience of Ohio Stadium under the lights.

"I've been there a lot of times now so I'm pretty comfortable with everything," said Marshall. "The atmosphere is always good, I had a good time. It was a little better this time because of the game, it was a defensive game and I liked that a lot. It turned in to a little bit of a night game so I liked that."

Marshall has known Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller since Miller's high school days and paid close attention to what Miller was doing on the field on Saturday.

"He did well," he said. "He's growing up as a young freshmen and it's his time to step up and grow into a leader and just play. I thought he did good."

Like everyone else, Marshall has followed the coaching situation at Ohio State and has heard all of the latest rumors. With that being said, Marshall doesn't foresee a change having much of an impact on the process.

"It really wouldn't affect me at all," he explained. "If there's another coach, I would have to get to know him before making a decision anyway so it really doesn't affect me, no matter what happens."

Marshall had previously stated that Ohio State and Notre Dame were his top two schools and while that is still the case, he added that there is room for other programs to still make a push over the next year.

"I say they are at the top but it's kind of wide open," he said. "I just haven't really been anywhere else so of course they are going to be at the top. This coming year I'll be going to a lot of places so that will tell me a lot."

Marshall recently wrapped up his junior season with a 42-30 second round playoff loss to Cincinnati Moeller. Marshall went out with an electric performance, notching 296 rushing yards in the loss. Overall, the season was considered a success.

"It was a good game," Marshall recalled. "It was one of the better games I played. I thought I had a good season and it was nice for the seniors to get a playoff victory, we played hard."


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