This past weekend, Ohio State landed a commitment from Lawrence Marshall, a Defensive End from Southfield, Michigan. In the College Football recruiting landscape, coaches know that verbal commitments are usually nothing more than a flighty promise. Typically, it takes a while before a recruit decommits from a school. In this case, it only took about 3 days.
Marshall tweeted on Wednesday night: “I had a great time at Michigan State yesterday, I had a wonderful time at Michigan today, and an ever better time at Ohio State but I want to consider other schools so I am decommitting from Ohio State.”
Marshall was the 5th commitment in the 2014 class for the Buckeyes. He possessed athleticism, great backside pursuit and excellent lateral range. He lacks solid technique.
This is one of the stranger recruiting stories in recent memory. Decommitting so quickly does not usually happen. It happens over time. But, clearly Marshall realized he made a mistake.
Ohio State is not out for Marshall, however. Even though they do not have a verbal commitment from him, they can be considered the leader until someone knocks them off.