June 22, 2010

Coach talks newest Hokie addition

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Virginia Tech picked up a pledge from Dinwiddie, Va. defensive end Corey Marshall earlier this evening. What kind of player are the Hokies getting in the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder? Hokiehaven.com caught up with his coach to find out inside.

"They're getting a tenacious worker, somebody with his ability and work ethic, he's a perfectionist," Dinwiddie head coach Billy Mills said of Marshall. "He doesn't like to mess up a drill and is an unbelievable competitor. That's exactly why he went to Virginia and West Virginia this past weekend, because he loves to compete and get out there. You don't get that all the time with a kid that has as much talent as he does.

"He's got the motor with the ability to go along with it, that's not a common place and doesn't happen every day. It's unbelievable what he's able to do and he is always working to get himself better along with those around him. It's no secret why everybody wants him. There are plenty more tangibles I can mention, but those are the biggest ones."

Mills discussed Marshall a bit further as a player.

"His overall tenacity to make a play, he makes plays on both sides of the field from the defensive end position," he said. "Not many people can hang with his first couple steps and his explosiveness is incredible.

"He's got great pass rush moves and understands pass blocking and his track to the quarterback. He gets it and understands his game plan to get there. He's a smart football player."

It's not just his ability and skill that stands out, the four-star prospect is a leader off the field as well.

"He is all business, a very serious young man that is goal oriented and knows what he wants to do," he stated. "It's rare for a high school kid to keep that kind of focus and he is very good in the classroom.

"As far as a leader, he's not afraid to call his teammates out and he's also the first one to pick them up."

Mills couldn't say enough about Marshall and the way he handled everything.

"He's just a pleasure to coach. He is a model for us and we're real proud of him."

Brian Mohr has covered recruiting in the mid-Atlantic since 2004 and has covered Virginia Tech since 2006 for Hokiehaven.com. To contact Brian, please email him at [email protected] for questions, comments or tips, which are always welcome and appreciated

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