This past weekend, class of 2014 defensive end prospect Lawrence Marshall of Southfield High School made a decision to attend and play for Ohio State. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect went to Columbus for a junior day and made a verbal commitment to OSU head coach Urban Meyer.
On Tuesday, Marshall traveled to East Lansing to take in the Michigan State-Michigan basketball game. He was able to spend time talking with head coach Mark Dantonio.
On Wednesday, Marshall made a trip to Ann Arbor to learn more about the Wolverines program.
And that night, he made it public that he is no longer committed to OSU, but the Buckeyes are still very much under consideration. Marshall wants to make sure that the school he selects is the best fit for him in all facets, athletically, academically and socially.
Marshall holds scholarship offers from all three of the above programs as well as a host others.
Ohio quarterback likes Spartans
One of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2014 is Deshone Kizer of Toledo Central Catholic High School.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Kizer has an impressive list of scholarship offers which includes MSU, Nebraska, Tennessee, Illinois, Penn State and Arkansas among others.
Kizer has been to East Lansing several times and has been impressed with what Michigan State has to offer. He recently informed Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt the following:
“Right now, Michigan State has become sort of a leader just for the fact that I have been there quite a few times,” Kizer said. “Coach [Mark] Dantonio, Coach [Dave] Warner or the area [recruiting] coach came down once a week, so they really have been putting the full-court press on me.”
Kizer is one of several quarterbacks that Michigan State has offered for the class of 2014. The Spartans are only taking 1 quarterback this year so it will likely come down to a situation where the first player to make his choice will get the spot.
Having an early commitment from a quarterback is usually a very positive aspect when it comes to recruiting. A high-profile quarterback recruit like Kizer would certainly provide momentum to the Spartans class of 2014 and serve as a recruiter himself.
Rivals.com ranks Kizer as a 4-star recruit. He is one of only 3 quarterbacks in the entire Midwest region ranked that high.
Note: MSU linebacker Denicos Allen has a foot injury and is uncertain for the start of spring practice March 19, MSU associate athletic director John Lewandowski said. Allen recently tweeted a picture of his foot, after surgery.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.