by Dave Miller
May 11, 02013
Michigan received its ninth commitment in the Class of 2014 when in-state defensive end Lawrence Marshall gave a verbal pledge to head coach Brady Hoke and his staff.
The 6-4, 230-pound product from Southfield High School (Southfield, MI) is a very good athlete with a nice blend of power and speed off of the edge. Marshall chose the Wolverines over offers from top programs such as Ohio State and Oklahoma.
One of the best players in the state of Michigan, Marshall is arguably a Top 15 defensive end nationally and he gives the program yet another strong piece to its next class. The Wolverines as of right now are set up to finish with a Top 5 Class of 2014, and they will certainly be in the mix for the top honor next February if they are able to maintain and add to their current list of commitments.
Michigan fans now are hoping that Hoke and his staff will be able to land Jabrill Peppers, who is considered to be one of the top defensive backs in the nation. The New Jersey native has narrowed his choices to Michigan, LSU, Ohio State, Stanford and Penn State. The Wolverines seemingly are in good position to land the recruit, who recently set a New Jersey state record in the 200 meter dash by recording a time of 20.79 — an incredibly fast mark. Michigan recently received a verbal from Peppers’ teammate Juwan Bushell-Beatty, a mammoth offensive lineman. Peppers could make an immediate impact as a corner in Greg Mattison's defense if he decided to choose to play in Ann Arbor.