Two Dinwiddie High School (VA) seniors, defensive end Corey Marshall and quarterback Chris Hall, have committed to Virginia Tech. Generals head coach Billy Mills took some time this week for a “Quick Take” to discuss his standout seniors, who figure to be a big part of whatever success Dinwiddie has this season. So far so good, as the team is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Poquoson and Varina.
Hall, a 6-4, 225-pound prospect, starts at quarterback for Dinwiddie but will play tight end at Tech.
Quick Take with Billy Mills
TSL: Have you been pleased with the performances you’ve had from Hall and Marshall in your first two games?
Billy Mills: I’ve been real pleased. Chris had a really good game a week ago and Corey has been good on both sides of the ball. Corey is being double and triple teamed, but he’s still making plays. Both guys have been huge for us.
TSL: In the scrimmage you had against L.C. Bird last month, I was impressed with Hall’s ability as a runner. How big of a weapon is his ability to run? (Hall had two touchdown rushes in the win over Varina last week.)
Billy Mills: We didn’t run him as much last year as we would’ve liked to. Our backup was very young. This year, Chris will run the ball a lot more than he has. He actually played running back in 2008. It seemed kind of weird to me at first, a 6-4 running back, but he wanted to try and he made plays.
TSL: Will it be tough for Chris to transition to tight end at Virginia Tech?
Billy Mills: Not at all. He’s an athlete. Whatever you tell him to do to get better, he’ll do it. I’m sure there will be a period of transition, but he has got time. He won’t go there until January [of 2012]. He’ll have a full spring under his belt before his freshman year. He has plenty of time to get it straight. He has soft hands and he runs well after the catch. The thing that surprised me at Tech’s camp was his blocking. He did great. That was the first thing he did when he was down there. We’ve run some reverses and he is out there blocking. He does a good job.
TSL: Academically, is Chris in position to qualify?
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