4-Star Defensive End Decommits from Ohio State

By Tyler Waddell


Jeff Hanisch – USA Today Sports

Well that didn’t last very long.

Just three short days after giving his verbal pledge to the Ohio State Buckeyes, four-star defensive end Lawrence Marshall has announced his de-commitment.

Buckeye Grove’s Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) tweeted earlier today that Marshall was coming off back-to-back visits with the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans over the past few days.

While this comes to somewhat of a surprise, Marshall’s decision to cut the Buckeyes loose so early doesn’t really hurt them. At all.

Urban Meyer has already cushioned his defensive end depth with players like Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Se’Von Pittman from the 2012 class, and Tyquan Lewis and Joey Bosa in 2013.

Not only is DE a significant strength on Ohio State’s young defensive roster, but Meyer is still targeting other highly-touted prospects for the 2014 class. Five-star Da’Shawn Hand – also the No. 1 player at his position – four-star Solomon Thomas, four-star Malik McDowell and four-star Jalyn Holmes have the Buckeyes on their radar.

Still, Marshall would have been welcomed with open arms. He’s an excellent pass rusher with a lot of room to develop and continue to get stronger. He does not lack versatility and athleticism – two characteristics needed to play on the defensive line for the silver bullets.

We can’t assume Marshall is finished with Ohio State, but the kid does go to school in Michigan. It will be pretty difficult to reel him back in and get him to Columbus.

But if there’s any man qualified enough for the job, it’s Urban Meyer.

Marshall was the fourth commitment for Urban Meyer’s recruiting class of 2014. He holds offers from Bowling Green, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Syracuse, Tennessee and Toledo.

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