Defensive Tackle, Class of 2020
Eagles Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, GA
For now, it’s still fair game for all schools. At 22 offers, most recently from Virginia Tech and Tennessee, Eagles Landing Christian Academy (Ga.) three-star defensive tackle Marquis Black has some big options from which to choose.
At this point Black, Rivals.com’s No. 44 defensive tackle, is in a holding pattern. He recently took a pair of unofficial visits that have put his recruiting in a bit more perspective, and has one official visit set. But overall, Black said he’s still sifting through which option would suit him best on and off the field.
“I’m looking for a school, because I know football doesn’t last forever,” he said. “I want to like it academically. Football-wise, make sure the coaches are straight up. Some try to hype you up, but what they say might not be true. I like when they’re straight up with me. Team chemistry is good, like a big happy family and the players have a good relationship with the coaches.”
Black’s most recent visit was July 30 to Virginia Tech. The trip, his first to Blacksburg, resulted in an offer and gave him a good look at what to expect from the Hokies.
“They took me around campus, and I didn’t expect to see how the buildings look,” Black said. “They’re all rocky, and the buildings are nice. They took me through the indoor facility, and they told me it was the biggest in the nation at one point. They showed me the locker room, the weight room and how it’s going to be remodeled. The one that stood out the most was when I talked to the strength coach and he was showing me the progress, guys from freshman year to their sophomore year, how they’re building up. He took pics through the years and that showed me college is for real when it comes to building players. I’m sure a lot are like that, but that’s the first time I saw proof.”
Assistant coach Charley Wiles and defensive coordinator Bud Foster have been Black’s primary recruiters with Virginia Tech, and both have made a strong impression.
“They told me (Foster) got put in the Hall of Fame,” Black said. “Coach Wiles, he’s a little older, so he’s old school. He tells you the truth. If you want to know something straight up, he’ll tell you. I know other colleges,...
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