Michigan Signing Day 2014: Lawrence Marshall Inked & Faxed

Gregory Shamus

Michigan secured a great edge rusher when four-star defensive end Lawrence Marshall signed and faxed his letter of intent.

Recruitment In Summary

Marshall takes the cake as far as recruitment in the class of 2014 goes. Lawrence took multiple visits to Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, all three of which had already offered. Michigan and Michigan State were the hot schools early on, but a surge from Ohio State led to him committing to the Buckeyes.

Marshall rescinded that commitment a mere three days later, and a spree of visits to Michigan State had everyone assuming that the Spartans were a lock to receive the commitment of the four-star speed rusher. We all assumed wrong, because he chose the Wolverines weeks later.

Ratings and Attributes

Star Rating: Lawrence is a solid four-star rush end. He's a top 300 player in the top dozed rush ends.

Strengths: Marshall's overall athleticism is his biggest strength. He is very fluid in his pass rush and could even play the SAM linebacker position if necessary, making him fairly versatile and valuable on defense. He has an explosive first step and took major strides as a defender in his senior season, adding muscle and showcasing a wider range of moves and better use of his hands.

Weaknesses: Although he does stand around 6'3" tall, Marshall doesn't have elite length for the position. Much like the vast majority of rush ends coming into the next level, he needs to get stronger in the weight room and transition that strength onto the football field, where he could player with better pad level; this isn't a major issue for him, but it also isn't a clear strength.

Future Impact

Years Until He Sees the Field: 0-1

Michigan is thin and in need of help at the rush end spot. Frank Clark is closing in on his final days as a Wolverine and Taco Charlton didn't make the sort of impact during his freshman year that many of us would have liked see, so there is an opportunity to improve and move up the depth chart quickly. Assuming he does his due diligence in the weight room, he's a lock to play either this season or next. He has the potential to become an All-Big Ten type of rush end, so hopefully both he and Charlton pan out and give quarterbacks nightmares for years to come.

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