At the Nike Camp in Charlottesville on May 3rd, Southern (Durham, N.C.) cornerback A.J. Marshall showed why he has earned at least 15 Division 1A scholarship offers. Marshall, a 5-11, 175-pound rising senior, felt great about his Nike Camp performance despite not earning defensive back MVP honors.
“Honestly I felt I was the best out there technique-wise,” Marshall said. “Several guys thought I should’ve won MVP, but one guy had one more interception than me and so he was named MVP. I worked hard at everything I did and I feel it was my best camp.”
Crediting the coaching he has received at Southern, Marshall believes excellent technique gives him an edge over the competition.
“I think my technique does separate me from other prospects,” Marshall said. “Me and the other defensive backs at Southern are coached by coaches who used to play on the collegiate level. We work on our craft everyday. I work on the little things, like staying low when I backpedal, all the time.”
Mississippi, Oregon and South Carolina are the most recent offers for the Tar Heel state star, who has also earned written offers from Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, among others. UVa is among the other programs expressing serious interest, but Marshall is confident an offer would come from the Cavaliers if he visits this summer. Will he visit?
“After I talked to Anthony Poindexter, I think I might get up there and see what they are doing up there,” Marshall said. “He is the defensive backs coach. He seemed cool and it seems like he knows what he is talking about. I saw the campus my sophomore year and enjoyed it. We went there for a 7-on-7 tournament then. When I went to the UVa Nike Camp I couldn’t see or talk to the coaches, but I saw some of the facilities and they are top notch.”
Marshall has not narrowed his list of schools, but he does have favorites. And one school in particular currently leads all others.
“My top three right now are Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia Tech,” Marshall said. “I’d put Maryland in my top five. I really enjoyed my Maryland trip. And [Carolina] is in there, too. They have a great secondary.”
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