Shuman has a Leader

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6-6, 270-pound Mark Shuman took in Prospect Days at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech last month. The two in-state programs have been high on the Fork Union Military Academy (VA) rising senior’s list, but how does the race shake out after visits to each program?

“He went to Virginia and he liked that,” said Fork Union Military Academy postgraduate head coach John Shuman, who is Mark’s father. “Then he went to Virginia Tech. I think he feels comfortable at Virginia Tech.”

Coach Shuman expounded on the younger Shuman’s interest in the Hokies. Mark’s brother Ryan, also an offensive lineman, just concluded his college football career at Virginia Tech.

“Mark likes guys that are laid back,” Shuman said. “Virginia Tech’s coaches are like that. That’s what he likes. Coach Newsome has done a great job recruiting him. The junior day gave Mark a reminder of why he liked them so much. He talked with Sergio Render and he liked that. He just liked it. I think Virginia Tech is in the lead.”

Virginia may get another chance to impress Mark, but there is also a chance that a decision comes sooner rather than later.

“If [new Cavaliers wide receivers coach] Latrell Scott weren’t there at Virginia, he might have already decided to commit to Virginia Tech,” Shuman said. “But Latrell is there and Mark had a good visit there. I think they definitely made up ground after that visit.”

In addition to a possible visit to UVa, Mark may make unofficial visits to Maryland and North Carolina. That is if, of course, a decision doesn’t come. Overall, Mark has received 16 official Division 1A offers including Georgia, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others.

“We’re probably going to set something to Maryland soon, but it wouldn’t shock me if he says he is done,” Shuman said.