High school football recruiting: Marshall, Lawrence getting Division-I attention

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 3, 2014 

Over the next two years, a number of Bi-City athletes will sign major Division-I football scholarships.

There are a handful who have stood out from the group because of commitments or offers from some of the premier football programs around the country, but the less-heralded recruits have garnered plenty of attention from college coaches, as well. Harris County quarterback TaQuon Marshall is a perfect example.

While he may not be considered among the elite prospects in the country, he has found his niche among a number of Division-I schools.

Currently, Marshall has 16 offers. Schools like Duke, Marshall, Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, Wake Forest and Troy, among others, have all joined the fray for his services.

Marshall has announced no favorites, though he admitted a handful stand out from the rest.

While he played quarterback for Harris County last season and will continue at the position as a senior this year, Marshall is being recruited as an athlete. A lot of schools, he said, are interested in him as a defensive back because of his physical makeup.

Georgie Tech originally recruited him as a quarterback prospect, which would be a good fit for him, but other commitments have pushed him into the A-back or cornerback conversation.

He is still expecting more offers and is making the most of his opportunities to go to camps over the summer. He has visited the Yellow Jackets on their junior day and has also stopped by Duke, Appalachian State, Wake Forest and N.C. State.

Former teammate A.J. Howard, a defensive back who signed with Appalachian State, has talked to Marshall about the possibility of coming to join him, but Marshall said his friend hasn’t put on any pressure.

“He’ll text me every now and then to tell me how they like me and whatnot, but he’s not the kind of guy who’s going to pressure me into anything,” Marshall said. “He wants me to make the best decision for me.”

Marshall said he has no timetable to make a decision right now and that he is hoping for offers from a couple other schools that have shown interest.

“It’s definitely stressful,” he said. “But it’s fun. I’ve enjoyed going to see schools that aren’t around where you’re from. Me and my family love travelling and we love meeting the great coaches. Overall, it’s been a good process.”

In the same boat are guys like Smiths Station defensive back Nigel Lawrence, who began getting more attention after the 2013 football season.

His total list of offers is up to 10 and includes places like Cincinnati, Georgia State, Troy, Jacksonville State and South Alabama.

He, too, is still taking everything in and says he isn’t close to making a decision. So far this summer, he has visited Georgia, Alabama A&M, South Alabama and Georgia Tech. He will travel to Samford, Kentucky and Clemson.

He said he doesn’t have a date he wants to decide by, noting that it will depend on what kind of offers he gets in the meantime.

“If I get offered by somebody like a Georgia or something, or no matter where it is, it just depends on the right fit,” he said. “Whenever I feel comfortable, I’ll decide.”

Also worth watching are players like Carver’s Khane Pass, a senior defensive back and brother of quarterback Jawon Pass. Khane is a three-star prospect, according to 247sports.com, and has offers from Mississippi State, North Carolina, Clemson, Texas A&M and Nebraska, among others.

Harris County tight end Tae Crowder also has a handful of Division-I offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, Troy and Alabama-Birmingham.

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