‘Watching all of the other QBs compete at the camp has made me want to get better’

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Middletown’s Jalin Marshall names Ohio State, Florida and South Carolina as his Top 3.

Middletown sophomore run/pass quarterback Jalin Marshall
was one of the top performers over the weekend at the Nike Camp at Ohio
State. Marshall (6-1, 190)
is regarded as Ohio’s top prospect for 2013 in this
survey by our own Bill Kurelic.


Middletown sophomore run/pass quarterback Jalin Marshall
was one of the top performers over the weekend at the Nike Camp at Ohio
State. Marshall (6-1, 190)
is regarded as Ohio’s top prospect for 2013 in this
survey by our own Bill Kurelic.

“Watching all of the other
quarterbacks compete at the camp has made me want to get better,”
Marshall said. “I made sure to listen to the coaches and I think I tried
to improve my passing skills. That helped me a lot.”

Marshall carried the ball 56 yards for a touchdown in his varsity
debut as a freshman against Cincinnati Aiken in 2009. That just set the
stage for what was to come in 2010.

Marshall moved into the starting quarterback role for the Middies
and led them to a perfect 10-0 season and a share of the Greater Miami
Conference title. (Middletown was bumped out of the playoffs in the
first round by eventual state runner-up Huber Heights Wayne – and OSU
signee Braxton
Miller
.)

As a sophomore, Marshall was 55 of 112 passing (49.1 percent) for
693 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was
exceptional as a runner with 1,426 yards and 17 touchdowns on 173
carries (8.2 average). He was a first-team All-GMC pick.

“When I have the ball in my hands, I can make plays,” said
Marshall, who boasts 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash. “I feel like I
can see the field real well. If the first receiver isn’t open, I can
find the next receiver or take off downfield and go.

“When I take off (and break contain), people don’t know what I’m
going to do next. That’s one thing people should watch.”

He hit the 100-yard rushing mark in six of Middletown’s 11 games.
Here were some of his best performances:

* Marshall rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries
against Troy.

* In a 69-44 win over Mason, Marshall was 9 of 11 passing for 112
yards and two touchdowns and also carried the ball 18 times for 240
yards and four scores.

* And in a 49-35 win over Lakota East, Marshall had 308 yards
rushing and three touchdowns on 20 carries and also threw a touchdown
pass.

“I felt like I put my name out there and our team really did
well,” Marshall said. “We want to do the same thing this year.

“Individually, I want to develop myself as a passer and really be
composed in the pocket. I want to work on my drops and just improve
overall.”

Marshall said that Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have already come in
with scholarship offers.

“I like Pitt,” he said. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to the
new coaching staff yet, though. I like Cincinnati a lot, too. Coach
Jones has come down and talked to me. He treats me well.”

Because of his running ability, Marshall may become a college
prospect at running back or possibly even as a wide receiver as the next
two years play out.

“Cincinnati was recruiting me as a quarterback,” he said. “With
Pitt, I’m not sure. They may move me or may not. Whatever it takes for
my team to win, I will be there and I will do that.

“Some schools have talked to me about playing wide receiver or
running back.”

Asked who some of his other favorite schools would be, Marshall
said Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida and Alabama. (A source indicated
that Notre Dame, in particular, has been in touch recently and could be
close to offering Marshall as a running back.)

As for Ohio State, Marshall said, “I’ve been to a couple games. I
just like the atmosphere and everything up there. I just like being
around all the people.”

Click here
for video of Marshall in action, courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com.

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