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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: UofM & MSU both bag big recruits, as Marshall chooses Wolverines and Sokol gives nod to Spartans

   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: UofM & MSU both bag big recruits, as Marshall chooses Wolverines and Sokol gives nod to Spartans

OAKLAND COUNTY – One for you, one for me.

Both Michigan and Michigan State picked up prized recruits on the football field the past couple of days.

Over the weekend, Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall committed to Michigan, three months following committing and then quickly de-committing from Ohio State.

Not to be outdone by its nemesis, the Spartans had to get in on the recruiting action, too.

Cut to Monday, when Rochester Adams tight end Matt Sokol committed to Michigan State.

The Sokol-commit gives the mitten nearly two dozen players from the Class of 2014 to already have accepted scholarships to Division I colleges since the beginning of the year.

Marshall (6-foot-5, 240 pounds), a four-star recruit that scouts tag as a rare-breed of pass-rush specialist, will be entering his third year starting on the line for Southfield this fall. Last season, he collected 105 tackles and six sacks on a Bluejays squad that made their fourth playoff-appearance in five campaigns.

Sokol (6-foot-6 235 pounds) is a quarterback at the high school level, but will switch to tight end in college once up in East Lansing. He threw for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns under center last year as a junior.

Besides Michigan State, Sokol held offers from other Big 10 schools, Illinois and Wisconsin.

By choosing Michigan, Marshall turned his back on 14 offers, a majority of them spawning from BCS conferences. He was said to have also liked Michigan State, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and USC were his Top 5 schools as of last week. Reportedly, Notre Dame could offer before the offseason is completed and the Fighting Irish and USC might still be able to pry Marshall out of Ann Arbor prior to signing day next February.

With Marshall committing to Michigan on Saturday the Wolverines have nine commits for their 2014 recruiting class, three of whom hail from in-state: Marshall and wide receivers Drake Harris (Grand Rapids Christian) and Maurice Ways (Birmingham Detroit Country Day).

Harris is the No. 1-rated player in the state and Ways helped recruit Marshall since committing two and a half weeks ago.

Michigan State boasts seven commits from the Class of 2014 after Sokol’s pledge on Monday. Like their rival in Ann Arbor, the Spartans’ crop includes three in-state grabs: Sokol, and linebackers Byron Bullough (Traverse City St. Francis) and Deon Drake (Detroit Cass Tech).

Marshall and Sokol are two of a trio of Metro Detroit gridiron standouts to decide to head to the Big 10 for their college pigskin since Friday. Warren De La Salle linebacker Jared Wangler committed over the weekend to Penn State.