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After getting off to a slow start with its 2012 recruiting class, Ohio State's 2013 class has already acquired two major pieces.

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Jalin Marshall, Middletown (OH)

Junior quarterback Jalin Marshall of Middletown (OH) verbally committed late Monday to sign with the Buckeyes in 2013.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder joins Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, OH) cornerback Cam Burrows as the second member of the class for new head coach Urban Meyer. Burrows committed earlier this month.
 
Marshall, who is likely to rank among the top prospects in Ohio for the class of 2013, also had Alabama, Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Tennessee among his finalists.

He was the co-offensive player of the year in the Greater Miami Conference, and made special mention all-state and first-team all-district in Division I. Marshall rushed for 1,859 yards and 20 touchdowns, and passed for 782 yards and six scores.

According to the Middletown Journal, Marshall said that playing for the Buckeyes was "a childhood dream." He originally planned to make his announcement today, but ultimately chose to announce on Monday once the story began to leak.

“It’s one of the biggest decisions of my life, and I feel like I made a great choice,” Marshall told the newspaper. “It’s close to home, and it’s my childhood dream school. When they gave me the opportunity, I kind of knew where I wanted to go.”

Last season, Middletown finished 10-2 and advanced to the Division I, Region 4 semifinals, where it lost to Archbishop Moeller, 42-30.