Dinwiddie Star DE Talks VT, UVa Visits

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Fresh off of receiving an official scholarship offer from the University of Michigan, Dinwiddie (VA) defensive end Corey Marshall hit the recruiting trail this past weekend, traveling to Blacksburg on Saturday and to Charlottesville on Sunday. The 6-1, 255-pound prospect reflected on the visits to Virginia Tech and Virginia and discusses the latest in his recruitment.

The Virginia Tech visit

Marshall grew up a Virginia Tech fan. He has enjoyed previous visits to Blacksburg and Saturday’s experience was no different.

“I talked to the coaches in depth,” Marshall said. “The Kodak moment of [Saturday] was that I got to go into coach Beamer’s office in Vick Hall. Coach Cavanaugh brought me and my mom into the room. As soon as you come in, you see a picture of coach Beamer. It kind of traumatized me (laughs). I just sat there staring. Coach Beamer told me how interested they were in me and how much they want me there.”

Marshall, who is being recruited by Tech as a defensive end, and his mother spoke with primary recruiter Jim Cavanaugh regarding the possibility of early playing time.

“My mom kind of grilled coach Cav about me coming in as a freshman and starting early,” recalled Marshall, who racked up 112 total tackles including 21 tackles for loss last season as a junior. “I was just sitting there with my face in my hands (laughs). He was real cool about it, though. He explained it. He was basically saying that they adjust the roster by how hard players work. Nothing is set in stone. There may be two open positions. If I got in there, took the program seriously and kept improving, I’d have a chance at playing earlier in my career.”

Playing time is not a major factor in Marshall’s decision.

“You always want to be able to play, but I definitely want to get my body ready to play,” Marshall said. “I talked with John Graves and he was telling me that college is a big step up. You have to get your body physically