Fork Union Military Academy postgraduate football coach John Shuman boasts one of the top 2010 class prospects in the state of Virginia – it is his son, Mark, who actually plays for the prep program under head coach Mickey Sullivan. The 6-7, 270-pound junior has already enjoyed quite a bit of success this month, both on the field and on the recruiting trail.
“He is playing pretty good,” said Coach Shuman. “He has seven offers. Virginia Tech, of course, was one of the first to offer. Tennessee offered him. Duke, North Carolina and Rutgers offered him. Virginia has offered him. Georgia offered him. He had good camps at Tennessee and Georgia this past summer, so they decided to offer.”
Mark’s brother, Ryan, a red-shirt senior, is the starting center for Virginia Tech’s football squad. As for Mark, the Hokies currently have the edge but an SEC program is right up there as well.
“They are in the lead,” said Coach Shuman, who was referring to Virginia Tech. “We went down there when they played Georgia Tech and they had him and other recruits go out and stand next to Coach Beamer out on the field. He liked that. All of the top prospects were at midfield. I don’t think he is ready to say yes, but he has been thinking Tech since the 7th grade.
“I know Tennessee is up there with Tech, but I think Virginia Tech has the slight lead. Latrell Scott recruits us for Tennessee and we know him real well. He actually babysat Mark.”
Does the University of Virginia have a chance with Mark?
“I think Virginia has a chance, but I think a couple of schools are ahead of Virginia,” Coach Shuman said.
Coach Shuman would like for his son to end the recruiting process as soon as possible, but for now nothing is imminent.
“My wife and I want him to get this done quick. I think Mark right now is dragging his feet. I think he wants to see some things,” Coach Shuman said. “Right now, we are hoping he ends it soon.”
Mark turned in a productive summer, attending camp at Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia and earning rave reviews for each of those performances. Besides size, what do college coaches like so much about the talented junior?
“His footwork,” Coach Shuman replied. “He is light on his feet....
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