Catching Up with Marcell Lazard: Unofficial Visit

By Alex on April 4, 2012 at 9:47a
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Meyer may have reeled in a "big" fish this weekendLazard is likely to be the next to commit for 2013

Earlier this week I alluded to some news I came across about one of this past weekend's visitors possibly becoming the Buckeyes' eighth commit in the class of 2013 sooner than most of us thought it would happen.

While I had to sit on that information out of respect to the player and Ohio State, the cat is now out of the bag, and as most of you now know, it is Marcell Lazard of Bloomfield High School in the great state of New Jersey.

Lazard, a 6-6/290 tackle prospect, took the trip to Ohio from the Garden State with his parents to check out OSU for the first time. Coming into the trip he had some impressive offers from top programs in the nation, including Miami (FL), Michigan, West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, and others, despite not being rated as a premier prospect at this time by the recruiting services.

Don't be fooled by those rankings though, as Lazard is an extremely talented player and will only continue to move up, as he was never big on the camp or combine scene. More importantly for Buckeye fans, Urban Meyer, Mark Pantoni, Ed Warinner, and the rest of the staff love him as a prospect and those feelings were reciprocated by the Lazard family after their trip to Columbus this past weekend.

We caught up with Marcell to discuss his visit to Ohio State, what position he projects to at the college level, where things stand with his recruitment, and more. Join us after the jump to catch up with someone who could be a Buckeye in the very near future, Marcell Lazard.

You just got back last night from your trip to Ohio State. Tell us what you did while in Ohio.

We got to Columbus on Saturday afternoon, but didn't go to campus that day. We really just checked out the city and surrounding area, did a little shopping, and relaxed. On Sunday I got to see the campus, which was awesome, and then we watched a spring practice. On Monday we left Columbus to head up to Canton because I wanted to see the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was also great. Finally, on Tuesday, I toured all the facilities and the stadium, sat in on meetings with players and coaches, and got to talk to Coach Meyer before leaving campus.

What coaches did you get to speak to in addition to Coach Meyer? What did Coach Meyer say to you?

I was in meetings with Coach Warinner and got to spend time with him to see how the offensive line does things at Ohio State. I also hung out with Coach Warinner's GA Kirk Barton and hung out with Coach Pantoni a lot during the day. When I met with Coach Meyer and the other coaches they all told me they really liked the way I play on film and think I am a great player. Coach Meyer told me he was really looking forward to building a relationship with me.

What position on the offensive line did Ohio State say they were recruiting you for? Did they say anything to you about how many linemen they plan to take this year?

They told me they like me as a tackle, either on the right or left side, it doesn't matter. They told me they would be taking three offensive linemen in total for the class of 2013.

What was your favorite part of your visit to OSU?

Usually it's something to do with football when you visit schools, but with Ohio State it wasn't. My favorite part was the campus. It's absolutely beautiful and really sold me on the school.

Now that you're home and have had time to digest your visit, what are your feelings on Ohio State?

It's a beautiful place. I really want to go there and can definitely see myself going there. I may take some time right now to check out some things with the other schools on the top of my list, but in the next two weeks I can definitely see myself committing to Ohio State. It's the place I want to go and my parents felt the same exact way about the school which was great.

Who are the other schools on the top of your list? Is a decision definitely coming before the end of the month?

Miami (FL) and West Virginia are the two schools in my top three a long with Ohio State. I will definitely have a decision before the end of the month and as I mentioned before it could be in the next week or two weeks. Ohio State is my leader by far.

While you were on campus did you get to meet any other recruits or current players?

I got to meet a sophomore linebacker from Georgia, Raekwon McMillian. He was very interested in Ohio State and just from talking to him you could tell he really, really likes it a lot there. I met the offensive linemen that are currently playing for Ohio State and they are all good guys.

Heading into your senior season what do you feel your strengths are? What do you want to work on this summer?

I would say my biggest strength is blocking in pass protection. While my run blocking is a strength as well, that is something I'd like to improve on before next year. I also want to get better at driving people back all the way until the whistle blows.

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Buckeye in Athens's picture

Love his enthusiasm. We could be getting a real steal here. 

bassplayer7770's picture

I love it when recruits say it was more than just the football that impressed them.  I'm sure Eli will stay in touch with him helping him make that decision.  :-)

Scott's picture

I completely agree. I love that these young men are seeing the value that Ohio State offers in addition to football.

Class of 2008

pcon258's picture

ohio > new jersey > the rest of the country > dog shit > michigan

 

that is the hierarchy for me. love that urban is attacking nj

Ahh Saturday's picture

Not exactly sure what your hierarchy is comparing, but I will add that imo NJ is not given enough credit for its football.  A lot of top prospects come out of there, and I would definitely put it in the top ten states for generating D1 talent.

 

703Buckeye's picture

NJ has been good to the Buckeyes, we got Malcolm Jenkins from the Garden State. Maybe you could put Michigan above dog sh!t; after all, we did get Big Hank out of there!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

DJ Byrnes's picture

Ramzy also lives there I think, and he's a pretty chill bro.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

dubjayfootball90's picture

good kid, excited to hear the (hopeful) committment. I also like the subtle insight to mcmillian... :)

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

I don't see any film on him what so ever. Prob why he has such a low ranking as of right now. Personally I usually don't emphasize individual rankings of a player because they can be so hit or miss. But if we land Lazard and Pocic, that will give us three great talents for this staff to mold into great players.

Triv's picture

Since we haven't heard much about another OL, I assume the staff feels good about Pocic if they are telling recruits they will take 3

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Alex's picture

I would say that's a fair assessment

btalbert25's picture

It'd be awesome to land them both before or at the Spring Game.

Bucks's picture

Love players with his type of mindset. Should be a joy to watch. Good job Mom & Dad.

703Buckeye's picture

Another great thing about these OSU recruits; if they are fortunate enough to try out for the NFL in a few years, I'm sure they won't bomb the wonderlic, like Morris Claiborne.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

rider1's picture

Claiborne has a reading disorder-would love to se him in orange and brown!

Poe McKnoe's picture

Coach Urban and I have the same wind breaker.  Makes my day.

chitown buckeye's picture

For those of you who have always followed recruiting religiously, has this been the norm in the past with Cooper or Tressels staffs? It seems like Urban is just killing it on the recruiting trail! (obviously realize Urban is well known for being a great recruiter) I dont know if it is the fact that Alex and everyone at 11W are doing an awesome job of covering recruiting or if I just didnt pay close enough attention in the past. Either way just seems like we are getting people to commit often and early! As I said I was never a huge follower of recruiting til I joined 11W. This class of 13 just looks incredible!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

btalbert25's picture

I think kids are committing earlier each year too. 

703Buckeye's picture

Cooper was a great recruiter and his OSU teams were very good. If he could have beat Michigan (and MSU in '98), the Bucks would have won a few national titles under him.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

btalbert25's picture

Ya know, I like that the kid is mentioning the campus and the school etc, but I really don't buy much of that kind of talk out of the recruits.  You always here the recruits talk about academics being so important etc.  It's like they've been coached to say it.  Maybe this kid does love the campus and t he school and that's great if he does, but I bet if you read his review on a West Virginia blog, he probably would say first I love the school...... football practice was cool blah blah blah.

I could be wrong about this particular kid, but I think the majority of the time I'm spot on, and the majority of the time the kids don't give a damn about the school.  Much like in basketball the go to the coach who can best get them to the next level.  Meyer fits that bill.  Play for him and he'll give you a great shot at getting to the NFL.

bassplayer7770's picture

To me, it was the way he answered the question that seemed sincere to me.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

Urban is 2 real lol....im so pumped he is our coach

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

3technique's picture

This kid is huge!! Hopefully we land him and Pocic!! What a great Oline the bucks wiull field n two years.. I just want to end the passiveness of the last regime. I want guys who want to drive their man into the dirt and then help him up after the whislte blows! Not to hijack but how is Decker doing in srping camp?

bassplayer7770's picture

I'm guessing we could find out more about Decker's development tonight or tomorrow since the media gets to attend practice again today.

tennbuckeye19's picture

The picture of Urban and Marcell up there ^^^ is pretty funny. I guess Urb didn't have his sunglasses with him when it was taken. Holy Eye-Squint Batman!

Seems like a good kid. I'm happy to have him.