As you undoubtedly know by now, the Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer brought in one of the top recruiting classes in 2013. The freshmen in this class are extremely talented and some will see immediate action for the 2013 Buckeyes. Others will learn behind veterans and add depth to their designated position group. We start our Instant Impact series with incoming freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall.
Marshall is a multi-talented athlete from Middletown, Ohio who played quarterback in high school but will play wide receiver for the Buckeyes. Despite playing quarterback at Middletown, Marshall rarely threw the ball, rushing for 322 yards in his first game as a senior for the Middies. Marshall enters his freshman year in Columbus behind a plethora of talented receivers and will have to greatly impress Meyer and receivers coach Zach Smith to earn playing time. Marshall currently stands behind veterans Devin Smith, Corey Brown, Evan Spencer and Chris Fields, not to mention the highly recruited Dontre Wilson who has turned heads thus far in fall camp. Marshall could possibly see some time on special teams as a gunner or return man as his speed and agility make him a threat for big plays. Marshall’s experience at quarterback could also make him a threat for all sorts of trick plays assuming the coaching staff would put that trust in a true freshman.
If nothing else, Marshall will be able to develop and learn from the veteran receivers and from Coach Smith while he waits for his turn. Like most freshman in an Urban Meyer-run program, Marshall will not redshirt leaving him with an opportunity to work his way up the depth chart and see the playing field in 2013. Even if Marshall does not play with the first team offense this season, he will give the first team defense a good look in practice and the future is extremely bright for #17.