Southfield's Lawrence Marshall, right, is the No. 4 player on The Detroit News Blue Chip list. (Todd McInturf / Detroit News)
Southfield — There’s no doubt defensive end Lawrence Marshall would have liked his Southfield teammate, Malik McDowell, to follow him to Michigan next fall.
McDowell’s decision to commit to Michigan State adds a little fire to their relationship.
“That’s the school for him,” Marshall said Wednesday of McDowell. “He knows where he wants to go.
“I can’t wait to meet him on the field.”
This was the first season the two top recruits played together, but they quickly developed a friendship. Often, Southfield coach Tim Conley would put both on the same side, Marshall at defensive end and McDowell at tackle.
But there has been speculation McDowell could move to the offensive line in college. He didn’t play offense for Southfield, but did the previous three seasons at Detroit Loyola.
“I’m a Michigan man,” Marshall said. “I’m a Wolverine, baby.”
Added Marshall, regarding players who had made verbal commitments to Michigan: “What I like about today is everybody signed. Nobody switched.”
Marshall, rated No. 4 on The Detroit News Blue Chip list — one spot below McDowell — will room with Michigan’s top recruit, cornerback Jabrill Peppers of Paramus, N.J.
“He’s a player Michigan needs,” Marshall said. “He’ll push me and I’ll push him. He’s a down-to-earth person, like me.”