Southern CB Impressed with Tech

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5-11, 170-pound A.J. Marshall , a standout cornerback recruit out of Southern High School (Durham, N.C.), has followed Virginia Tech’s football program since his freshman year in high school. He especially noticed the play of the Virginia Tech secondary.

“I always used to watch Virginia Tech because the secondary is so electrifying,” Marshall said. “I’d watch Brandon Flowers and Macho Harris and the whole secondary and I saw how well they communicate.”

Last Saturday provided Marshall an opportunity to tour the campus and stadium, speak with players including Kam Chancellor and Tyrod Taylor and get to know the coaches better. Marshall’s first experience in Blacksburg was a good one for both parties.

“I really enjoyed it,” said Marshall, who made the visit along side teammate Tony Creecy, Jr. “I liked the whole tradition, like the Hokie stone and the lunch pail. They also win every year, so that is always a plus.”

Marshall, who had been offered by Virginia Tech about a month before the visit, has developed a solid relationship with defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.

“Coach Gray and I are real tight. We talk football a lot and can really relate,” Marshall said. “As a person, he is a great guy. He made me feel welcome even though I wasn’t a Hokie.

He hasn’t been there long, but he was there with Brandon Flowers and Macho Harris. Every year, Virginia Tech seems to send at least one defensive back to the league. The defensive coordinator is so exciting. He puts defensive backs on an island and expects them to make plays.

On Saturday, he spoke at length with head coach Frank Beamer.

“I had some quality time with Coach Beamer,” Marshall said. “He explained the whole lunch pail thing. He told me how they have selected players carry the flags out on the field. It was really cool to talk to a coach like Coach Beamer, who is in the history books.”

Of the players he met, Marshall said, “They all seemed like regular people. It seemed like I could fit in with those guys.”

Although he has followed Virginia Tech for several years, Marshall is being open-minded about the recruiting process. He wants to consider any school, but he does have some thoughts in mind in terms of how he will eventually come to his college decision.

“I’m sure I’ll be