The Michigan Wolverines picked up their ninth verbal commitment of the 2014 recruiting class in defensive end Lawrence Marshall. Marshall, who hails from Southfield, MI, chose the Wolverines over the likes of Michigan State, where he was presumed to be leaning toward in recent weeks, and Ohio State, where he was verbally committed for three days in February. He also held offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Marshall is the third defensive line commit of Michigans’ 2014 class, joining defensive tackles Byran Mone and Brady Pallante, who is a greyshirt. A four-star prospect ranked as the #12 defensive end and #107 prospect overall, according to ESPNs’ Recruiting Nation, Marshall is Michigans’ eighth member out of nine commitments in the ESPN 150, a class that now ranks third overall.
Marshall is listed at 6’4, 220 lbs. and is projected as a weakside defensive end. His strengths are his athleticism, speed and agility but he’ll need to add more weight and strength if he wants to reach his high potential as a pass rusher. His technique and hand usage will also have to improve as he is very raw as a prospect in those regards, but with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and head coach Brady Hoke being gurus of the defensive line, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Michigan isn’t done recruiting the defensive line position for the 2014 class. They are in the top two, with Virginia Tech as the other suitor, for consensus top-five overall prospect, defensive end Da’Shawn Hand. The Wolverines are also the presumed leader for consensus top-75 overall prospect, Malik McDowell, who is from nearby Detroit, MI. If Michigan is able to add one or both of Hand and McDowell their defensive line haul for 2014 will be quite impressive.