ACC Programs High on Marshall’s List

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5-11, 170-pound junior cornerback A.J. Marshall is now up to 10 written scholarship offers, with Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia being the most recent schools to mail the paperwork. Marshall, a star prospect out of Southern High School in Durham, North Carolina, currently favors three of those 10 programs.

“My top three are Virginia Tech, Duke and Wake Forest,” Marshall said.

Duke was Marshall’s most recent college visit. He reflected on the experience and also discussed his impressions of the Blue Devils football program.

“The most recent thing was I went to Duke for a football practice,” Marshall said. “It was real good. It was a pretty intense practice. Coach Cutcliffe is a great guy. The defense is looking good. They had some big hits and all. They were really letting it loose. The quarterback was looking good, too.

“I know they are rebuilding, but the program can’t go anywhere but up. The new coaching staff has so much experience. They do a great job recruiting. Scotty Montgomery, the recruiting coordinator, is a great guy. Coach Cutcliffe really gets involved in recruiting. It is really nice to talk to him because he is so welcoming and he has so much experience. Talking to him is an honor. Facilities-wise, they are building an indoor facility, so they are upgrading some stuff.”

Marshall’s first and only visit to Virginia Tech came on February 28th for Tech’s Prospect Day. He has not scheduled a return trip to Blacksburg but still remains high on the Hokies.

“Virginia Tech is still a great school and a great defensive back school,” Marshall said. “I love the defensive scheme. I like the environment. I haven’t forgotten about Virginia Tech. They are still at the top of my list.”

Asked what he liked about Wake Forest, Marshall replied, “With Wake Forest, I know they are in need of defensive backs. It is a great program. It is a small school where I know I could get a good education. You can’t go wrong there. It is close to home, which is not something I’m focused on. The coaching staff is great. I’ve seen them on ESPN all the time.”

Virginia is another ACC program that has been pursuing the standout corner. The Cavaliers have not offered, though the interest appears high.