August 4, 2011

Marshall primed for big junior year

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For Ohio high school football fans, this week is an important time on the calendar as high school football practices started on Monday. For class of 2013 Middletown quarterback Jalin Marshall, it's an exciting time as he is just a few weeks away from kicking off his junior season. The 6-foot, 190-pound quarterback/athlete is one of Ohio's most exciting talents and big things are expected this fall.

"Everything is going great right now," said Marshall. "Two-a-day's started on Monday and the team is looking real good. I'm real excited and pumped up. I think this should be a good year."

One challenge that Marshall has faced this off-season is a change in Middletown's offensive system. New coach Troy Everhart has moved the Middies from a shotgun spread-option attack to a more run-oriented triple option attack.

"It's going real well," he said, of the adjustment. "Everybody is starting to like it a lot and we're throwing a lot out of it so the offense is very open. I can't wait to run it against somebody."

The triple-option puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback to make the proper reads but also allows for some improvisation and should showcase Marshall's electric running skills. So far, it hasn't been the reads that have been his biggest obstacle.

"Last year I had to read a lot of stuff too so that part has been pretty easy," he said. "Getting everything down with the snaps (from under center) has been the big thing because I haven't done that a lot."

Despite the coaching change, the Middies are coming off a 10-0 regular season last year but were bounced early in the playoffs by Braxton Miller and Huber Heights Wayne. Marshall and his teammates are hoping to get some revenge week one against Wayne and the bar is set extremely high for the season.

"Right now the energy level is really high," he said. "The seniors really want to win a state title so I'm going to try to put the team on my back and take them as far as I can. The state title is definitely not out of the question. I have a lot of goals but I really just want to lead my team. The awards and stuff will come, I just have to keep my head on straight."

At the moment, Marshall is putting very little energy into the recruiting process as he prepares for his junior season. Still, he plans to get out on some unofficial visits during the fall.

"I've got offers from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and UCLA," he said. "I'm going to go to a couple of Ohio State games and Tennessee I think as well. I'm just going to go to a lot of games and check things out."

Marshall is the number two ranked prospect in Ohio for the 2013 class by


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