**Eyewitness … As we talked to 247Sports.com recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels for our recent Best Of The Midwest series, Bob shared an interesting anecdote.
Watching this guy at the next level is going to be some fun ...
Last May, OSU verbal Jalin Marshall attended the Nike Camp and Elite 11 quarterback camp tryout in Columbus. Marshall played as a run/pass quarterback at Middletown. Midway through the Elite 11 tryout, Marshall moved from quarterback to wide receiver. And as Lichtenfels put it, that is when the fun began.
“I saw Jalin at those camps in Ohio,” Lichtenfels said. “You watch his film and you call him an athlete. But he is a pretty good little quarterback. What sold me on him was he was sitting there at the Elite 11 tryouts at Ohio Dominican. All these quarterbacks are there – Malik Zaire, Shane Morris, Travon Chapman – were all going through the final part of the drills.
“They had some receivers there and he looked at the coach and said, ‘Coach, let me go out there (to receiver). The coach said, ‘Are you sure?’ He went out there and it was (Michigan verbal) Shane Morris who threw a pass. You see that kid over the last 10 or 15 yards, he hit a gear and accelerated. He leaped in the air like a deer and reached out extended from his body with one hand and pulled that pass in like a kid who has played receiver his whole life.
“You would think he had been a receiver for years. He just made that play based on natural athleticism. I saw that and said, ‘OK, this is why people call him an athlete and why he could be a big-time receiver.’ His ability with the ball in the open field and what he can do, he’s a guy you get on the field as soon as possible. But that one play and I was sold. There are guys who are fast, but there are very few who have that next gear. To see that kind of play on that stage … and he was almost just kind of goofing around.
“You could see the potential with that kid is kind of unlimited.”
Bob, you had us on everything up to the part of Marshall catching passes from a Michigan guy like Morris. OSU fans are salivating wondering how he will do catching spirals from Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett over the next several years.
**Tall Order … Last Wednesday, the Buckeyes offered a scholarship to 6-foot-10, 292-pound Tennessee offensive tackle commitment Dan Skipper (Arvada, Co./Ralston Valley). The Ohio State offer has definitely caught Skipper’s attention.
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