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June-July 2013 - Wolverine

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  commitment profile Lawrence Marshall Surprises With U-M Pledge Marshall, a three-star defensive end and one-time Ohio State pledge, is rated by as the No. 6 player in Michigan. photo courtesy Southfield (Mich.) High defensive end Lawrence Marshall had a long, strange ride through the recruiting process, but the journey ended May 11 — nearly nine months before National Signing Day 2014. The one-time Ohio State commitment narrowed his focus to Michigan and Michigan State before pledging to U‑M. The Spartans seemed like they were in line for his commitment, but the combination of defensive coaches on Michigan's staff was an opportu- nity too good to pass up. "I wasn't trying to do that [make it seem like Michigan State was on top]," Marshall insisted. "Michigan State is a great school. I love their coaching staff; Coach [Mark] Dantonio is an unbelievable coach. He was a great head coach to me. There was nothing with anybody else that went wrong, I just liked Michigan the most. "The big thing for me is life after football. The degree from Michigan

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