2020 Ohio TE Marshall Lang Recaps Notre Dame's Elite Skills Camp

June 13, 2018

2020 St. Xavier (Ohio) tight end Marshall Lang‍ grew up watching Notre Dame and the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder made his way to South Bend for Saturday’s Elite Skills Camp. 

Lang impressed throughout the camp as he showed the ability to make the tough catch and some deceptive athleticism. 
“It was awesome,” Lang told Irish Sports Daily. “I had a great time. I loved the campus, the people and the coaches. I loved being in The Gug playing football.” 

The chance to compete was something Lang was looking forward to, and it didn’t disappoint. 

“There were some pretty good guys out there,” Lang stated. “It was good to go against some older and younger guys. There were a lot more offensive guys than defensive guys, so that was a little weird.” 

Lang got the opportunity to work with Notre Dame offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Chip Long. Lang was impressed with Long’s knowledge of the game, but he also was blown away by another Notre Dame guy on the field with the tight ends. 

“He’s a great guy and knows a lot,” said Lang. “He was a nice guy. Alizè (Mack) was out there too. He’s a big boy. I have to grow into that kind of body.” 

During the two-hour camp, Lang came away with several things he can incorporate into his summer workouts, but there was one lesson he really took to heart.  

“There were blocking techniques I can work on this summer,” explained Lang. “Instead of grabbing the defenders jersey inside the shoulder pads, you have to use your whole hand to truck and drive them. That’s something I have to work on.” 

The recruiting process is just starting to get going for Lang, and he hopes to get a chance to continue his career at the next level. 

“I really hope to get a couple of scholarships to go Division I and have a variety of places to choose from to play some football,” stated Lang. 

Lang has two older brothers that had athletic success at St. Xavier, and he hopes to follow in their footsteps. The oldest played basketball and lacrosse, while the other played lacrosse and carried it over to a club team at Miami (Ohio). 

Football wasn’t always on Lang’s radar as he thought he would end up playing hoops in college. 

 “Growing up I always wanted to be a five-star point guard for Kentucky, but that obviously didn’t work,” laughed Lang. “Being a big man, I don’t really mind it, but I’d rather be a more active player running around and shooting. 

“My size and speed brought me to football. I really love catching the ball and the energy it brings me when I score a touchdown, and everyone is cheering. It’s a great thing.” 

St. Xavier plays in one of the toughest conferences in the country and Lang believes the stiff competition will help prepare him for college. 

“When you go to these games, there are all these, and the energy and adrenaline is awesome,” explained Lang. “There are so many people watching, and it really puts pressure on you. You don’t want to make a mistake. You have to learn to get your mindset right pretty quick.” 

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