February 28, 2010

Hokies help themselves with Marshall

Dinwiddie, Va. defensive end Corey Marshall is one of the top prospects in the state of Virginia for the class of 2011. And after taking his fourth trip to Virginia Tech this past weekend for junior day, the Hokies are in good shape when it comes to the 6-foot-0, 242-pounder.

"I had a great time on the visit," said Marshall. "The basketball game was delayed so we didn't stay for that but we saw everything we wanted to see, got to spend more time with the coaches and really got a good feel for things. We saw the new lockerroom that is under construction, toured the facilities and saw the campus."

Marshall said he learned more about how he'd fit in the Hokies defense.

"I learned a lot about the depth chart," he said. "I learned how I'd fit in with playing time and how I'd be used and all of that if I decided to attend there so it was good. I also spent more time with coach Cavanaugh and talked to coach Foster. I was amazed he was there coming off back surgery and it showed me how dedicated he is. He told me how much he wanted to coach me which is the same thing coach Cavanaugh has been talking about."

Marshall was also impressed with his meeting with Frank Beamer.

"When you walk into his office, he has all these big rings laid out on the table," he said. "Big East, ACC and bowl rings, huge ones. It's impressive to see. He spent some time talking to me and my teammate Chris Hall so it was good to get to know him better."

Next up for Marshall is a visit to Virginia today (Sunday) followed by a trip to NC State on March 27 and a visit to Michigan on May 2. He has already visited Tennessee. Marshall said he isn't close to making a decision and wants to visit plenty of schools.

"I'm wide open," he said. "Virginia Tech didn't hurt themselves at all, it was a great visit, but I'm staying open to everyone. I just want to get through these junior days, see some practices during the spring and take some visits this summer and see where I am from there. I am going to take as long as necessary to make this decision."

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