Michigan commit picks up a Florida offer

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Will Muschamp and his staff have been everywhere from the east coast to the west coast recruiting the nation’s top prospects .

On Tuesday, the Gators offered Southfield (Mi.) High defensive end Lawrence Marshall despite him being committed to Michigan already.

“The defensive line coach Brad Lawing offered me on Tuesday,” Marshall said. “He told me that he knows that I’m committed but that he wanted to offer me and that he would be up to see me next weekend. I’m very happy to have an offer from Florida and I respect them for offering me even though I’m committed to Michigan.”

This was the first time for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Marshall to talk to Florida, so the offer was a surprise to him.

“I had never heard from them at all until Tuesday,” Marshall said. “But It’s going to hear from them. Florida is a good school and they won a few national championships when Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes there. They usually have a lot of defensive lineman drafted in the NFL and I know they did this year too. Florida seems like a great school both academically and sports wise.”

Marshall just committed to Michigan this past weekend due largely to the family atmosphere he felt at Ann Arbor.

“Michigan is a family place,” Marshall said. “I like the coaching staff and the players there. So right now I don’t know if I will visit Florida or not because I’m committed to Michigan.”

When Marshall was asked to describe his strengths as a player, the first thing he said was his motor is always running.

“My motor never stops when I’m on the field,” Marshall said. “I play to the whistle every play and I use my hands well. I feel like my athletic ability helps me out a ton.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.