Big-Time Prospect Reaches Decision

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Fork Union Military Academy (VA) offensive tackle Mark Shuman, one of the state’s top overall prospects in the 2010 class, has made a decision on his college future. The 6-7, 285-pound junior has decided to commit to Virginia Tech and he will do so this weekend.

Shuman has not made it official just yet, but he will do so on Saturday at Tech’s Spring Game.

“Mark’s going to commit. He’ll make it official on Saturday,” said Fork Union postgraduate head coach John Shuman, who is Mark’s father. “Last night, I said we better start calling all the other schools to let them know. They are starting to come in and want to see him face to face. We called other schools and word got out. The Tech coaches know a commitment is coming, but Mark will make it official on Saturday.”

Shuman, who also boasted offers from Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest, among others, made the decision this past Sunday.

“I got home on Sunday and he said he wanted to commit to Tech,” John Shuman said. “He said he went to Wake Forest and has been to Virginia twice and he knew he wanted to go to Tech. I told him if he wanted to go to Tech, let’s get it done. Now, he can work on getting stronger physically and getting ready for the next level.”

Playing for head coach Mickey Sullivan’s FUMA prep program, Shuman earned first-team all-state honors last season as a junior. He is part of a talented offensive line that also includes junior Russell Bodine, who was offered by the Hokies earlier this month.

“There are several things about Mark,” Coach Sullivan told TSL earlier this year. “Number one, you can’t coach tall. He is 6-7 and weighs 280 or 285 pounds. He has great feet and long arms. He moves well for a huge guy. He is young and his upside is unbelievable. At 285 pounds, he is not heavy. Those are all pluses. And look at the track record of the family. His dad was a great player at VMI. His brother (Ryan Shuman) was a good player at Virginia Tech.”

Virginia Tech’s 2010 recruiting is off to a great start. The Hokies