|Southfield (MI) Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall|
Weight: 225 lbs.
High school: Southfield (MI) Southfield
Position: Defensive end
Notes: Holds offers from Bowling Green, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Syracuse, Tennessee, and Toledo . . . ESPN 4-star, 83 grade, #12 DE, #107 overall . . . Rivals 3-star, #19 WDE . . . Scout 4-star, #12 DE . . . 247 Sports 4-star, 91 grade, #12 WDE, #207 overall
Strengths: Shows a good first step, both forward and also laterally on slants . . . Does a good job of making plays in the trash . . . Can reach out and slow down or tackle runners while being blocked . . . Good straight line speed . . . Long wingspan . . . Decent frame to add weight . . . Violent hitter
Weaknesses: Often stands up too high off the snap . . . Does not show ability to use hands to shed blockers . . . Very rudimentary pass rusher . . . Shows virtually no versatility in pass rush moves . . . Mediocre change of direction . . . Sometimes appears not to be hustling when chasing plays from behind
Projection: Strongside end. Marshall is a good athlete, but he's not outstanding in any facet of the game. He gets off the ball and shows good straight line speed, but he lacks some refinement, and he's not helped by the quality of his opponents. He does make some plays against a quality-coached opponent in Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison, but even in that game, he was unblocked on too many plays; other teams just don't pay any attention to him and allow him to slice in for uncontested sacks, tackles for loss, etc. Rather than being Lawrence Marshall highlights, these seem like Southfield opponents' lowlights. Technique can be improved, but I think a lack of explosiveness and change-of-direction skills might be an issue as a weakside defensive end. Marshall seems like a decent FBS player, but not a future superstar.
Reminds me of: Craig Roh. Roh was a good high school athlete who was able to blow past high school offensive tackles at times, but he also struggled to rush the passer because of an inability to change direction well. Roh used his hands better as a prep, and he was eventually a very technical player with limited athletic ability.
Likelihood of committing to Michigan: Marshall was committed to Ohio State at one time, but they have since been eliminated from contention. Several insiders think that Michigan State is the leader for his services, but Michigan seems to be right behind; if things fall through with the Spartans, the Wolverines might be next in line to contend for his commitment.