Dinwiddie (VA) defensive lineman Corey Marshall turned in a fantastic 2009 season, totaling 112 tackles including 21 tackles for loss and six sacks. The 6-1, 255-pound junior, a first-team all-metro selection by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, showcased his talents at last week’s U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio. How did he perform?
“I loved the atmosphere there,” Marshall said. “One thing I felt confident about was one-on-ones. I felt I did a great job. I went against some great players and held my own. I worked on my technique. I’m pleased with how I did with that aspect of it. I thought I took full advantage of the opportunity.”
Battling some of the nation’s top offensive linemen provided Marshall with perspective on his own game, including what his strengths are and what weaknesses he needs to work on before next season.
“I did well with my speed rushes,” said Marshall, who ran an electronically-timed 4.47 in the 20-yard shuttle. “I showed my combination of speed rushes and things of that nature. I was pleased with what I did in the one-on-ones, which is a tribute to my coaches. As far as the things I need to improve, I’d probably say getting more physical and mixing up what I do. I want to learn better technique and hand placement.”
Recruiting-wise, Marshall holds steady with five official offers, including East Carolina, James Madison, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. New UVa head coach Mike London has “re-offered” Marshall, who had been offered by the previous staff under Al Groh.
“Mike London reached back out to me,” Marshall said. “He wanted to come across and let me know he was interested. He offered and I’ve received handwritten letters from him. I talked to him and I’m trying to get a feel for him, to see what he’s all about.”
Marshall discussed the impact London has with respect to Virginia’ standing.
“As far as UVa is concerned, you always want to have stability,” said Marshall. “I was comfortable with the staff there with Groh, so it was disappointing to see a change happen. They’ve gone through some defensive coordinators, so I haven’t gotten a feel for what they’re going to do. I can’t get a beat on UVa because of the change. I...
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