COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five-star athlete Jalin Marshall just wants a chance to prove himself as a quarterback at Ohio State.
The Middletown (Ohio) High standout and Buckeyes pledge feels Friday’s performance at the Elite 11 Regional at Ohio Dominican University should only help him get that opportunity.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Marshall was one of six signal-callers recognized for accuracy at an event that featured the likes of Michigan bound signal-caller Shane Morris, Stanford commit Ryan Burns, Northwestern commit Matt Alviti, Notre Dame pledge Malik Zaire, Louisville bound Kyle Bolin, Kansas commit Montell Cozart, Purdue commit Danny Etling, Michigan State pledge Damion Terry and uncommitted four-star Mitch Trubisky.
“I’m sure when Coach (Urban) Meyer hears the news about me doing a good job here, he’s definitely going to be excited about that,” Marshall said.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 2 athlete prospect and No. 15 prospect overall according to 247Sports, the exciting Marshall could help a college football program at a number of positions.
“I’ll be competing for the (quarterback) job, but if they want me to get in there and run routes or take handoffs, that’s what I’ll do,” Marshall explained.
As a junior, Marshall used his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash to rush for 1,972 yards and 20 touchdowns, while passing for 781 yards and six more scores. He got off to a slow start on Friday, but heated up as the day went on. During three-step, five-step and seven-step drop drills, Marshall was particularly impressive in delivering the ball on the money and with zip.
“Jalin’s athleticism is obvious and that’s something we certainly knew about heading into Friday,” 247Sports National Analyst Barton Simmons said. “He really impressed me with the way he threw the football. He spun it well. Was really on target and was pretty consistent throughout the day, and proves it’s no way out of the question he could be a legitimate college quarterback. He’s limited by height but definitely has a lot of arm talent.
“To me Jalin proved to us he can play quarterback on the next level, but that still doesn’t change the fact that he’s best at another position on the next level because his athleticism is so unique.”
The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry got Marshall going, when friend and Wolverines quarterback commit Shane Morris started playfully jawing at his buddy early in the competition.
“Me and Shane were trash talking a bit back and forth, but that’s typical,” Marshall laughed. “I just got comfortable and confident and the trash talking got me started. I started completing passes and started feeling good.”
Marshall has been feeling real good since he committed to Ohio State back in late-January over the likes of Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA.
“I’ve been able to relax and have fun with my friends and family and everything has been great,” Marshall said.
When Marshall committed to Urban Meyer, he was still getting to know the then recently hired Buckeyes’ first-year coach. Talking to the staff regularly over the last four months has only strengthened his verbal to Ohio State.
“I have a great relationship with the coaching staff, especially Coach Meyer and Coach (Tim) Hinton and Mark Pantoni and all them. I call them every week.”
Marshall has also been putting out calls to potential future Buckeyes.
“I’m trying to get Jaylon Smith, Robert Foster and Vonn Bell,” Marshall said. “I talk to them and tell them come play with me and it’s going to be the best time of your life.”