October 9, 2011

Marshall making plans

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As one of the top junior prospects in the entire Midwest, schools around the nation are in hot pursuit of electric Middletown (Ohio) athlete Jalin Marshall. The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect has been outstanding so far this season in helping to lead his team to a 6-1 record, Marshall has accounted for 935 yards on the ground with 13 touchdowns and has also thrown for 427 yards and a pair of scores.

"We're just trying to keep getting better and get into the playoffs," said Marshall of his team. "We've been looking at film and we just want to keep playing hard."

Marshall and the Middies face a tough challenge this Friday as they host undefeated Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore in a game that could greatly shape the playoff seeding in Ohio's always brutal Region 4.

"We just need to play hard and use that home field to our advantage," he said.

Marshall will be busy on the recruiting trail over the next month with three huge visits coming up in consecutive weekends.

"I'm going to Tennessee this weekend (for the LSU game), Notre Dame the week after that (for the USC game), and then Ohio State (for the Wisconsin game)," he said. "I'm just looking forward to meeting new people and meeting the players and stuff like that."

Marshall took the time to talk about his relationship with each of the three schools that he will be visiting over the next few weeks.

On Tennessee - "I really don't know that much about Tennessee. That's really why I'm going down there, to get to know more about the program."

On Notre Dame - "I talk to Notre Dame every week. They've been looking forward to me coming down there for a while and I'm looking forward to going so I'm pretty excited about that."

On Ohio State - "They came to one of my games (against Colerain) and I just talked to them the other day. I'm really looking forward to going up there."

The recruiting process can be overwhelming for highly regarded prospects like Marshall. With phones ringing off the hook from coaches and media as well as the pressures of trying to focus on the season and still take unofficial visits, many players of Marshall's caliber would start to tune a lot of that stuff out but Marshall looks at the situation as an overall positive.

"Oh no, not at all," Marshall replied, when asked if he was starting to feel overwhelmed by the process. "It's a great way to keep me grounded."


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