The Missouri Tigers crossed state lines into Kansas in mid-July to pick up a massive defensive line recruit for Eliah Drinkwitz’s program. Jalen Marshall is a 6-foot-6, 275 pounder out of St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, KS) High School.
By Steve Wright
He is rated as the No. 730 player nationally by 247Sports Composite Rankings and is seen by the same metric as the No. 105 defensive lineman and the No. 6 player in the class of 2022 out of Kansas.
Marshall committed to the Tigers over other finalists that included Indiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State. The 3-star prospect is another outstanding addition to the Missouri program under Drinkwitz as he works to fence in an area within driving distance of Columbia to get all the top prospects in the region.
Looking at the film below of Marshall it is hard not to be impressed. Marshall has impressive instincts for a player in high school., with the way he uses a swim move and then gets his hands up to deflect the ball on the very first play is a perfect example of how to cause disruption even without getting to the quarterback. It is impossible to block Marshall one on one at this level, but his array of pass rush moves is impressive enough to think that he will be able to adapt to the college game quickly, even with the offensive lineman being much bigger and technically sound at the next level.
In the run game, Marshall is also a destructive defender. He has surprising agility and pursuit ability for his size, while runs up the middle are routinely shut down by his imposing presence disrupting the blocking scheme before stuffing the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage. He plays with solid leverage for his height too, often dropping his pad level to drive through a lineman’s block.