Dinwiddie High School (VA) made the Group AAA, Division 5 state championship game last season, but in 2009 head coach Billy Mills will have to replace a senior class that included seven college recruits including quarterback Adam Morgan (VMI), wide receiver Sam Haskins (Troy) and linebacker Bradley Johnson (Maryland). Coach Mills has some talent to play with, though, including three rising junior recruits.
The rising junior class is led by talented defensive tackle Corey Marshall , a 6-2, 260-pound prospect that has already garnered two verbal scholarship offers.
“Virginia told him Saturday they were going to offer in September,” Mills said. “Virginia Tech has already said he has an offer. Syracuse called me the other day and UNC has requested film.”
Marshall, who will be able to receive official scholarship offers at the beginning of his junior year, was a standout performer for the Generals in 2008. He has followed that up with impressive combine and camp performances.
“He had a really good sophomore year,” Mills said. “He really impressed a lot of people. He looks real impressive on film. He has done well at combines. He tested well. He is a great kid. His academics are good. He interviews well. He has got the physical parts. He ran a 4.8 or 4.9 in the 40 at the Nike camp. He cleans 325 pounds and squats over 500 pounds. He is real explosive. He has a real quick first step. And he has a workman’s attitude about things. He is well ground.
“It is not a risk to go after this kid early. I think he is ready. I think he is more ready as a rising junior than a lot of seniors.”
Coach Mills believes Marshall has the athleticism to play end or tackle on the college level, but at this point the primary projection is defensive tackle.
“He is probably an interior lineman in college. He is probably a 3-technique. I think he’ll have the speed to play outside and to play inside as well,” Mills said.
Of the two offers, Mills said, “He is very excited. He is a big Tech fan. He has been a Tech fan his whole life. He was pretty ecstatic about it.”
Marshall plans on attending Virginia Tech’s camp on July 11th. He attended UVa’s big-man camp last Saturday, which is when Coach Mills was...
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