January 30, 2012

One-two punch

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Good news continues to pour in on the recruiting trail for Urban Meyer and Ohio State. Meyer and his staff have done an impressive job so far in finishing the 2012 class strong and are already making big waves in the 2013 class. Just within the last two weeks, Meyer and company have reeled in the top two junior prospects in the Buckeye State in Trotwood (Ohio) Madison defensive back Cameron Burrows and Middletown (Ohio) athlete Jalin Marshall.

Burrows chose the Buckeyes back on January 19th over a host of schools including; Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, and Stanford. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback is the number one player in Ohio for the junior class according to Rivals.com and is also one of just ten prospects in the nation to receive five-star status in the 2013 class.

Marshall became the latest Buckeye commit on Monday evening and is the type of dynamic offensive weapon that Meyer has always used creatively in his spread offense. Marshall is widely considred one of the elite playmakers in the Midwest and is expected to be ranked among the nation's top athletes when the initial Rivals250 is eventually released. Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt weighed in with his thoughts on the type of player that the Buckeyes landed on Monday evening.

"I saw Jalin go against two really outstanding defenses in Centerville and Colerain," said Helmholdt. "He went up against the best that Ohio high school football has to offer. When you go against Jalin, you can contain him but you can't outright stop him. In both games, he had big runs for touchdowns where he got out into the open and once he gets into the open, he's gone."

"He certainly brings explosiveness and playmaking ability to the offensive side of the football," Helmholdt continued. "Whether it's at quarterback or running back or wide receiver that remains to be seen."

The one-two punch of Burrows and Marshall will form a big part of the foundation for Ohio State's 2013 class. Helmholdt expects Ohio State to continue the positive momentum and cites the early verbals of Burrows and Marshall as a big reason for that.

"It definitely continues the vibe that Urban Meyer already has," Helmholdt said. "It shows that he's going to be a force going into this 2013 class. Great players want to play with other great players and that's certainly going to be a great recruiting tool. To say 'hey, you can come and play with two of the top players in the state of Ohio' in Cam Burrows and Jalin Marshall, that's definitely going to continue the buzz around Ohio State's program that has been building since November 28th."


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