June 20th turned out to be a terrific day for Dinwiddie (VA) rising junior defensive lineman Corey Marshall . On that Saturday, the 6-2, 260-pound prospect impressed at University of Virginia head coach Al Groh’s one-day lineman camp and left Charlottesville with a verbal scholarship offer. On the ride home, he learned that Virginia Tech had offered as well.
“Coming back from the UVa camp, Virginia Tech had called my coach and told him I had a full scholarship offer,” Marshall said. “That was the same day UVa offered. I had two in-state schools offer on the same day.”
Marshall, who had been offered by JMU prior to the 20th, recalled receiving the UVa offer.
“Coach Groh pulled me to the side as the camp was finishing up. He personally told me I’ll have an offer when they can legally send it to me,” said Marshall, who can receive official scholarship offers at the beginning of his junior year. “He is a serious man, but he is consistent with going after character guys. I got the sense he was very interested in me.”
The central Virginia rising junior was in Blacksburg this past Saturday for Virginia Tech’s second 2009 camp. He had been to Blacksburg only once before, for Dinwiddie’s Group AAA, Division 5 state championship game match-up versus Phoebus last winter.
“I felt I did pretty good as far as paying attention to detail,” Marshall said, reflecting on his performance at Tech’s camp. “I faced a little adversity as far as being a little winded, but in the drills I showed fluid hip movement and I thought I used great hand placement.”
Defensive line coach Charley Wiles impressed the Dinwiddie star.
“He was very intense and very meticulous,” Marshall recalled. “He paid attention to detail and focused on doing things right and doing things 100 percent. He wanted everyone to go 100 miles-an-hour. I like a coach with tempo who knows what he wants from his players. He understood a guy may mess up in drills. I had a chance to make up on one of my drills. I showed him I could persevere through adversity.”
Marshall didn’t stay long after the camp, but he wishes he would have.
“I actually left early,” Marshall said. “I had coaches looking for me afterwards....
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