Cincinnati (OH) Archbishop Moeller running back Jordan Marshall committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and others.
Marshall is listed at 5’11” and 193 lbs.
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #15 RB, #189 overall
On3: 4-star, 93 grade, #6 RB, #79 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.9 grade, #3 RB, #55 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 91 grade, #13 RB, #173 overall
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Marshall was offered by Michigan on an unofficial visit in June of 2022, and Ohio State offered a few days later. With the path Michigan vs. Ohio State recruiting has been on for the past decade or two, I just assumed that a highly rated prospect from Ohio with an Ohio State offer would pick Ohio State or go to SEC country. It doesn’t seem like Michigan wins many of those battles. So in my mind, I put him on the back burner and assumed Michigan would have to look elsewhere for a back or two. But Marshall kept visiting, the buzz kept building, and then coming off of another unofficial visit this past weekend, he went ahead and committed.
Marshall has a lot of potential. At 5’11” to 6’0″ and somewhere between 185-200 pounds (depending on the website you trust), he has adequate size for the position and should get into the low 200s with a college S&C program. He has very good acceleration, and his ability to put one foot into the ground and burst upfield is outstanding. He shows very good vision in Moeller’s outside zone scheme, and he also does a nice job of timing his footwork and following his blocks on their counter runs. That training should fit in well with what Michigan does at the next level. I also like how Marshall finishes his runs with power; though he’s not a bruiser, he lowers his shoulder, falls forward, and can run through some tackles for extra yardage. Marshall is also used in the screen game and on some downfield passes, and he shows some nice adjustments to the ball and an ability to snag one-handed grabs.
Any runner who seems to seek out contact brings a little bit of concern, especially when he’s not the biggest guy around. With his running style, he reminds me a little bit of Zach Charbonnet, who did have some injury issues while at Michigan and missed three games this past season at UCLA. There are also some times where Marshall is looking for the big cutback rather than staying vertical and getting what he can. Mike Hart seems to do a good job of coaching that out of players, so that will probably be corrected.
Overall, Marshall has a chance to be a dynamic back at the next level. Especially if he has a good offensive line, his burst and physicality will be a problem for safeties and cornerbacks. Marshall should be a player who can play in year one. When he arrives on campus in 2024, Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards will both likely be gone, leaving Marshall to contend with the likes of Cole Cabana, Tavierre Dunlap, Benjamin Hall, C.J. Stokes, and perhaps others. Texas running back Taylor Tatum has also been crystal balled to Michigan.
Marshall is the eighth commitment for Michigan in the class of 2024. He would be the first signee from Moeller since offensive lineman Eric Wendt in the early 1990s.
TTB Rating: 88
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