Fork Union Prep (Fork Union, VA) offensive tackle Mark Shuman does not appear close to making a verbal commitment, and the 6-6, 270-pound junior plans to take his time in the recruiting process. Shuman, who has 16 official offers including Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others, admits to having a favorite but isn’t ruling anyone out just yet.
“I think I’ll probably wait a little bit longer, into the summer and maybe into the season,” Shuman said. His father, FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman, indicated last week that he wouldn’t be surprised to see his son make a commitment soon. “I’ll see how many more looks I get or if anyone jumps in late.”
Virginia Tech is the favorite in this race.
“Tech’s the favorite right now just because I’ve been around there a lot,” Shuman said. “It’s a great place. I love it there.”
UVa has “made up ground,” Shuman says, and new assistant coach Latrell Scott is a reason for this. He plans on spending some time with the UVa wide receivers coach when he visits Charlottesville today for a spring practice.
“He coached with my dad for a couple of years at FUMA,” Shuman said, referring to Scott. “He built a strong relationship with me while he was here. It carried over to when he coached at Tennessee. Now, since he is at Virginia, he is closer.”
Shuman has been impressed with at least a few out-of-state programs as well and hasn’t ruled out leaving the state to play his college football.
“UNC and Georgia are real nice places,” Shuman said. “I went to Georgia for a camp last summer and it was great. The facilities and the coaches were great. With UNC, I’m trying to make it down there in the spring or summer or fall and explore that. One of my teammates went down there and said it was a beautiful place.”
An all-state offensive tackle last season as a junior, Shuman possesses good athleticism and footwork. His father and older brother Ryan, who just finished a solid career as an interior offensive lineman at Virginia Tech, have helped in his development.
“My brother and dad definitely helped me out a lot,” Shuman said. “They helped with footwork and in the aspect of what I need to do to get better. They have always been on me. It gets tough every once in a while,...
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