February 1, 2012
Marcus makes the Buckeye call
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Under Urban Meyer the Buckeyes went and identified several recruiting needs and have been relentless in pursuing players to fill those needs. One of those needs was met on Wednesday as the Buckeyes went into the Tar Heel State and landed 6-foot-2, 230 pound linebacker Jamal Marcus. The new Buckeye selected Ohio State during an afternoon press conference on National Signing Day.
The three star prospect heavily considered staying closer to his Durham (N.C.) home with the Pirates of East Carolina but ultimately decided that Ohio State would be the better decision for him and he will now have the opportuntiy to play under Luke Fickell and former UNC interim head coach Everett Withers.
Many people projected Marcus out to play on the defensive line but the Buckeyes saw the immediate need for him as a linebacker and that is where he will get his first opportunity in the Scarlet and Gray.
Despite beating out ECU out of Conference USA the pickup of Marcus is much larger than that with him reporting offers from the likes of USC, Florida, Auburn, Oregon and North Carolina to name just a few suitors who were in on the sleeper prospect.
Marcus made his official visit to Ohio State the weekend of January 20th and was blown away by his trip to Columbus (Ohio). He left without making a commitment and had a lot to think about with several schools from within his region showing him a lot of love and trying their best not to let him leave the south.
One of the first things that most experts noticed about Marcus was his combination of strength and speed. The new Buckeye has reported a 4.5 second time in the 40-yard-dash and also has put up impressive numbers in the weight room.
He will join a talented group of Buckeye linebacker commits that include Josh Perry, David Perkins, Camren Williams and Luke Roberts.
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