Shuman is a Hokie

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Mark Shuman had planned to wait until Saturday before telling Virginia Tech’s coaches that he was accepting their scholarship offer, but, with the news of his decision already out, he decided to expedite things. Earlier this evening, Shuman, a 6-7, 285-pound offensive tackle prospect out of Fork Union Military Academy (VA), pledged to the Tech coaching staff.

“I called tonight about 6:45 and talked to Coach Cav, Coach Newsome and Coach Beamer. I told them I was committing,” Shuman said.

“Coach Beamer and Coach Newsome, I liked how excited they were to have me. I liked the energy they had. Their energy was great. Coach Newsome, Coach Cav and Coach Beamer…I love all the coaches. I’m glad to be part of their program.”

Shuman, who boasted close to 20 Division 1A scholarship offers before committing to the Hokies, decided last Sunday that Virginia Tech was where he wanted to attend. He had been leaning towards waiting at least until the summer to commit, but decided to end things sooner.

“I thought about it hard. Virginia Tech has always been my number one,” Shuman said. “That’s where I saw myself playing, so I decided to get it over with. The recruiting process was getting hard and I got tired of it, really.”

The younger brother of former Virginia Tech offensive lineman Ryan Shuman, Mark has been high on the Hokies for quite a while. There were some schools that caught the standout junior’s attention, but Tech won out in the end.

“Last summer, when I went to Tennessee, Tennessee really caught my eye. That was when the old coaching staff was in there. Once the coaches were let go, that turned me away. I didn’t have the right feelings about it again,” Shuman said. “UVa crept in there a little bit, but when it came down to it I felt Tech was the one for me.

“Being there lots of times helped out a lot. They have a laid-back lifestyle there. That’s how I am. I like to chill out. They are laid back, but they are tough when it comes to football games. They have a young team and I thought they could do good things in the future.”

Shuman still plans to be in Blacksburg for Tech’s Spring Game, only now he will arrive as a member of Tech’s 2010 recruiting class.