Maize n Brew continues to introduce you to crucial members of the 2014 recruiting class. Up next is a hybrid WDE/OLB who should see his stock rise in the coming months.
That massive blue arrow is really helping the situation.
Michigan has needs at both outside linebacker and weak side defensive end, and Marshall is capable of playing both spots. Take a good long look at his tape and he'll begin to remind you of a player from Farmington Hills named Mario Ojemudia. Marshall is slightly taller than Ojemudia, but both are long, athletic and have a knack for getting to the ball. Ojemudia also played inside during his high school days despite being destined for the outside at the next level.
Standing at 6'4", 215 pounds, Marshall has the length to keep offensive tackles at bay and the frame to add another twenty pounds of clean weight. He uses his hands well and also has a nonstop motor, often running clear across the field to make tackles on players half his size. Once he adds some needed strength he'll be a force off of the edge, whether it be at the SAM spot or the WDE position.
He recently dominated the Adidas Showcase, earning the title of 1-v-1 champ and best overall lineman. He was given a fourth star by 247, but I guarantee he'll attend more camps before the start of his senior year and raise his stock on the other sites. He could be a fringe three- to four-star prospect, but a unanimous four-star rating isn't unrealistic to expect.
Lawrence is already being pursued by Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and others. His offer sheet includes Bowling Green, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State and Toledo. He told Rivals that Michigan is his biggest offer to date following the Adidas Showcase:
Two prospects in attendance Saturday who are seeing some post-junior movement with their recruitments are Southfield, Mich., defensive end Lawrence Marshall and Clarkston, Mich., defensive back Timothy Cason.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Marshall is up to eight scholarship offers after adding Michigan, Pittsburgh and Syracuse last week. Marshall called the Michigan offer his biggest to date because he grew up following the Wolverines. He has connections to Syracuse through former Southfield and current Orange tight end Ron Thompson. Marshall said that Syracuse assistant Tyrone Wheatley has been recruiting him as long as any college coach.
His 247 profile shows that he has visited Michigan State and Ohio State unofficially. He'll be in Ann Arbor multiple times before all is said and done.
Marshall could easily end up with offers from all of the major powers in the Midwest, and offers from high-level programs outside of the Big Ten footprint wouldn't come as a surprise either. I still believe the staff will make him a priority with other in-state players like Malik McDowell, and they're damn good at securing players within their own state. It's very early in the process for Lawrence, but I'm going to predict that he ends up at Michigan anyway.