Next stop Columbus - USA TODAY Sports
In this edition of Bucks to the Future, we help you to get more familiar with one of the earliest commits to the 2013 class. Jalin Marshall was the 2nd recruit of the class of 2013 to give his verbal commitment to Ohio State. Marshall had offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Pitt, and Tennessee, but knew for a long time that Ohio State was the place for him. Staying in-state close to his family, and being a part of the offensive juggernaut that Urban Meyer is building made the choice to come to Columbus an easy one for Marshall. Locking up the no. 1 player in Ohio according to Scout, Rivals, and 247Composite rankings (no. 2 in Ohio according to ESPN, behind Gareon Conley) so early was a giant win for the Buckeyes, which set the tone for a huge year on the recruiting trail.
(Grain of salt) 40 average: 4.60
High School: Middletown High School, Middletown, OH (Just north of Cincinnati)
Middletown, Ohio's Jalin Marshall gave his verbal commitment to Urban Meyer and Ohio State on January 30th, 2012, a little over a year before he could actually sign his National Letter of Intent. Marshall was just coming off a season where his skills were utilized more in a running capacity at quarterback for Middletown. In 2011 Marshall rushed for 1859 yards on 237 carries and scored 20 TDs on the ground, while adding 782 yards through the air and 6 passing TDs.
While Marshall played quarterback for Middletown, he began trying to adjust to wide receiver when he attended The Opening 2012 in Eugene, Oregon in July. The performance by Marshall at The Opening was rocky and left some questions about Marshall's transition to wide receiver. What Marshall showed in Eugene was enough for 247 Sports to drop Jalin for a 5-star recruit to a 4-star, and see Marshall slip from 20th in the overall rankings to 80th. Luke wrote back in early July on what he saw from Marshall, but we all knew there was going to be some growing pains in the transition.
Marshall quickly made people forget about the rough showing at The Opening with a great performance against Cincinnati St. Xavier in late August. Even though the Middies lost by 4, Jalin's 312 yards rushing and 4 total TDs displayed how much of a weapon he is when the football is in his hands. The Middies were 4-6 in 2012 compared to 10-2 in 2011, so Marshall's stats weren't quite as robust as in 2011. Marshall accounted for 1421 yards rushing and 25 total touchdowns, 14 on the ground and 11 through the air.
While Middletown didn't make the playoffs, Marshall still had the Under Armour All-American game in Tampa in early January left to play. 5 months removed from his first showing at The Opening, Marshall looked like he improved leaps and bounds as a wide receiver. The most memorable play from the game from Marshall was a 44-yard catch in the 2nd quarter. In the game Jalin did end up suffering a separated shoulder, but he didn't let them slow him down for long as he returned to Middletown's basketball team in mid-January.
Early on the morning of February 6th, Marshall was true to his word and faxed in his NLOI, become the 6th recruit of the class of 2013 to officially commit to a future at The Ohio State university. Here is Marshall talking briefly on signing day (E. Gordon Gee has to love the choice of the bow-tie):
While there are a number of members of this recruiting class that are enrolling in classes early in Columbus, Marshall is going to finish out the school year in Middletown. Along with playing basketball for the Middies, Jalin also excels at track. Marshall was the 2012 Ohio Division 1 long jump state champion, and fourth-place finisher in the high jump.
As mentioned earlier, it has been known for quite a while that Marshall was not going to be coming to Ohio State to play quarterback. With Braxton Miller currently running the show for the Buckeyes, and fellow 2013 signee J.T. Barrett waiting in the wings, this allows Marshall to move to join the growing arsenal that Urban Meyer is assembling at wide receiver.
Last week Ted broke down the growing wide receiving corps, and gave us an idea on what we could expect out of Marshall in the future. While Marshall is listed at 190 lbs, his coach at Middletown, Troy Everhart, said in the fall that Jalin was playing at close to 220 lbs. Big Ten coaches must be already having nightmares of trying to defend a dynamic athlete who is still growing like Marshall along with speedsters Dontre Wilson and James Clark.
With Clark and Wilson occupying the slot receiver positions, Marshall figures to be lining up on the outside often. With his excellent leaping ability, this allows Braxton to throw it up and trust Marshall to come down with the football. A great example of this is with the catch he made in the Under Armour game, where Marshall got himself open and jumped to make the catch on a high throw.
With his previous experience at quarterback, it gives Urban Meyer the option to use Marshall in any wildcat formations that he may have up his sleeve. While it is hard to justify taking the ball out of Braxton's hands, using Marshall in the wildcat will just give defenses another wrinkle to have to prepare for. Meyer knows that if he gets the football in Marshall's hands that good things will happen.
You can catch Urban talking about Marshall at the 1:25 mark:
What really stands out from what Urban said about Marshall is how much of a leader he is. A lot of that carried over from leading Middletown, but it also helps that Marshall was such an early signee. With Marshall in the fold early, he could help Ohio State build this class and bring in some of the ultra-talented players that they did. While Jalin might not have quite the leg up that some of the early enrollees do, he has proven that he is a quick study.
Highlight Jam Session:
One of These Things is Blatantly False:
- Marshall was a first-team all-Greater Miami Conference player in 2011 and 2012
- Marshall plans to study sports management at Ohio State
- Jalin's birthday is on July 21st
- Jalin has never been to Steak 'n Shake