On Washington Post Live this evening, Dinwiddie (VA) star Corey Marshall announced he would attend Virginia Tech, choosing the Hokies over Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and others. Virginia Tech has now reeled in two of its top 2011 class targets on the defensive line with defensive end Marshall joining Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) defensive tackle Kris Harley.
Marshall, TechSideline.com’s #5 prospect in the state, joins rising senior teammate Chris Hall in Tech’s 2011 class. Hall, a 6-4, 230-pound tight end prospect, pledged to the Hokies yesterday and will enroll in January of 2012.
“You know, after a long thought process. It’s been grueling, but it’s been fun too. I think I have to go with Virginia Tech,” Marshall announced on Washington Post Live. He had narrowed his list to Tech and UVa earlier in the show.
“I just think they had the best ability. They had the best chance for me to be successful. The pedigree they have for putting players in the league is just astounding. I think when it comes down to it, me being set for the next four or five years in a solid place, in a solid foundation, is what it’s all about. I’ll go to a great team. I’ll be under good leadership. I think I’ll keep going from here. The sky is the limit.”
Marshall put up outstanding numbers last season as a junior, racking up 112 tackles including 21 tackles for loss. Virginia Tech verbally offered prior to Marshall’s junior year and followed suit with an official offer. Marshall added nine more official offers including offers from each of his finalists before settling on Virginia Tech.
Just like with Hall, Virginia Tech was the childhood favorite in this race. But Marshall didn’t rush the process and took unofficial visits to each of the finalists, including visits to Virginia and West Virginia this past weekend. He trekked to Michigan in May as well.
The 6-1, 255-pound Marshall is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a defensive end, but there is a chance he could play defensive tackle.
“I think he’ll have the speed to play outside and to play inside as well,” Dinwiddie head coach Billy Mills said of Marshall.
Virginia Tech now boasts six commitments in the class of 2011 including three from the Commonwealth and three from outside the state. Joining Hall, Harley and Marshall are Washington, D.C. cornerback Adeboye Aromire, Georgia H-back Christian Reeves and Lorton (VA) safety/linebacker Ronny Vandyke.