Southfield (MI) defensive end, Lawrence Marshall has been a frequent visitor on the campuses of Michigan and Michigan State this month. After visits to East Lansing and Ann Arbor in successive days a few weeks ago, he went on overnight visits to each campus in back to back weekends.
The Spartans were up first last weekend, and the extended time in East Lansing gave Marshall the chance to reconnect with some old faces and get familiar with some new ones.
“It was a great time up there,” he said. “I got a chance to talk to a whole lot of players and just had a great time up there. I talked to Jamal Lyles. I knew him before he went to college, so I know he was being real with me. He was telling me the ins and outs of MSU.”
“I talked (new defensive line coach) Ron Burton. We had a great conversation. He is a good guy and a good coach. Getting a chance to talk to him and trying to get a feel for how he coaches was a good thing."
For a brief moment Marshall thought he’d face a similar task when he visited Ann Arbor this weekend thanks to Jerry Montgomery’s departure. The Wolverines, however, quickly put that concern to rest.
“I found that out (Friday),” said Marshall regarding Montgomery’s move to Oklahoma. “It really didn’t hurt Michigan’s chances. Coach Mattison would be the guy coaching me. I’d be working directly with him so (Montgomery leaving) was no loss. Coach Mattison I was with him the whole time. He said I’d be like Terrell Suggs as a rush guy coming off the edge.”
A one on one with Brady Hoke, meetings with academic advisors, and tours were other visit highlights. When all of that was done he had the opportunity to spend time with the players. There was one in particular that he bonded with most.
“I stayed with James Ross,” said Marshall. “I had heard of him, but I had never met him… so this was my first time meeting him. I had a good conversation with him. I had a lot of fun out there.”
The talented youngster claims no favorites among his growing list of suitors, but the Wolverines have undoubtedly managed to increase his comfort level with the Maize & Blue.
“It was all good,” Marshall said regarding the visit. “Everything stuck out. It was only my third time coming up to Michigan… I really didn’t get a chance to see everything the first couple of times. This time I really got to see everything. It really opened up my eyes.”