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   Tech Sports News

Recruiting News: 
Marshman Chooses Hokies
by Chris Horne

Tech received its fourth commitment of the week from an unexpected candidate in Nick Marshman, an OL/DL prospect from Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, VA. News had been relatively scarce on the Marshman front until he verbally committed to the Hokies Tuesday night. For Marshman, his commitment brings a sigh of relief to his senior football season.

"Iím glad itís over," said Marshman. "Two nights ago, me and my parents sat down, and went over the pros and cons of all of the schools. We couldnít come up with any cons for Virginia Tech."

Tech assistant coach Tony Ball was the primary recruiter of Nick. According to both Marshman and Turner Ashby Head Coach Joe Taylor, the coaching staff have done an excellent job of recruiting.

"We were very impressed with the staff, particularly Coach Ball," said Taylor. "They have done a great job of visiting our school, even when we didnít have any top college recruits. Coach Ball has really done a great job."

Marshman extended the same sentiment about the VT coaches.

"They are all really great guys," said Marshman. "They treat you like a real person. For every recruit they meet, they make sure they know the name of the recruit and his coach. They know everyone by name. That is impressive to me."

At 6-5, 250, Marshman plays tight end and defensive line for Turner Ashby. The Hokies plan to convert him into an offensive lineman, most likely offensive tackle, once he comes to Blacksburg. Marshman appears more than willing to do whatever the coaching staff wants, even if it means switching to a new position.

"It really doesnít matter what position I play," said Marshman. "I asked the coaches to give me a shot to play on the defensive line, because I like defense, but it doesnít matter. I just want to play. Tight end, offensive line, whatever."

At such a young age, Marshman possesses a wonderful attitude that will help him succeed in whatever he does. He demonstrated his football commitment during this summer, when he and his teammates made a tremendous effort to get stronger in off-season workouts in order to improve their team.

"We have something to prove to everyone," said Marshman of his Turner Ashby squad. "People wrote us off after we made the state championship three years ago. During this summer, we put in 13-14 weeks of physical training (instead of the usual 6 weeks). We all got up at 6 in the morning to lift weights before school.

"We want to prove something this season."

Coach Taylor emphasized that Marshmanís excellent attitude is one of the main reasons he earned scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and West Virginia. He also chose the Hokies over UVa, UNC, and Maryland, who were all recruiting Nick hard.

"He is a polite kid, very mature for his age," said Taylor. "He is a fun kid to be around. He is definitely a winner."

Marshman has the attitude and mental toughness to become a regular contributor for the Hokies, so donít be surprised to hear his name often in the future.

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Times, They Have Changed

Earlier in the week, Joey Razzano verbally committed to Virginia Tech. He will follow in the footsteps of his father, Rick, who played for the Hokies from 1974-1977. Times are different, however, and the elder Razzano acknowledges his son will get to experience a totally different Virginia Tech than the one that existed in the 70ís.

"Tech has changed," said Rick Razzano. "Back when I played, I donít think people knew Tech existed. We werenít that good. Now, Tech is one of the elite programs in the country. They have sports psychologists, nutritionists, and an excellent weight program. Itís amazing."

Times have indeed changed at VT, and things are getting better. But while some things change, some things stay the same.

"Itís still a beautiful place," said Mr. Razzano. "I know Joey will enjoy himself down there. It is a hard place not to like."

Other Football Recruiting News

Starrís Mill defensive back Deante Battle has apparently added another official visit. According to Starrís Mill Head Coach Mike Earwood, Battle has scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame in addition to his previously scheduled visit to Colorado. He was uncertain of the date of the official visit, however he was certain a visit was in place.

Earwood went on to say that both Virginia Tech and Virginia are still in the mix for the 5-10, 180-pound cornerback prospect. A positive for Virginia Tech fansÖ.Starrís Mill plays a defense similar to the Hokies style. According to Earwood, Battle "would fit in well at Tech because they play a similar style of defense."

Battle is one of the top cornerback prospects in the state of Georgia. He is an excellent student, scoring over 1100 on his SATís and carrying a 3.6 GPA.

Basketball Recruiting: Hokies Land Two

The Tech men's basketball team had a big recruiting week as well, earning verbal commitments from two recruits, guard Jamon Gordon from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, FL, and post player Coleman Collins from Chamblee (GA) High School.

Gordon, a 6-2 point guard, averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds for a team that went 26-5 last year and reached the state semifinals in Florida's 4-A classification, its largest classification. He is hailed by some recruiting analysts as one of the best point guards in the state of Florida, if not the best.

Gordon had been offered a scholarship by South Alabama and had received heavy interest from Georgia Tech (but no offer). Gordon is from the same high school as recent football commitment Tripp Carroll, and Gordon was on Tech's campus last weekend for the VT/LSU football game.

Collins, who stands 6-9, weighs 210, and just turned 16 in July, is a tremendous student, having scored 1,470 on the SAT. He averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds a game last year in his first season as a starter for Chamblee, a 3-A team. He, too, visited VT last weekend and was impressed by the fan support at the football game.

Collins picked Tech over South Carolina, College of Charleston, Furman, Davidson, Rice and SMU, with all but South Carolina having made scholarship offers. He has grown six inches the last two years and is expected to top out around 6-10 or 6-11. He's a player with range out to 16 or 17 feet and great upside potential.

-- Chris Horne -- 

   Issue #22 of the TSL Extra

Issue #22 of the TSL Extra is here, and this month's issue is a features the ongoing debate about who should start at QB for Virginia Tech, plus articles about the South end zone's Stadium Club, a profile of recruited walk-on fullback Jesse Allen, and more!

Here are the details on this month's articles:

Noel vs. Randall: The Debate Continues -- by Will Stewart
Last weekend's ASU game summed up the QB battle perfectly.

Hokies of the Virtual Gridiron -- by Greg Zesinger by Greg Zesinger
A former insider to the video gaming industry tells you how they do it.

Life in the Not-So-Cheap Seats -- by Will Stewart
In which our intrepid reporter braves the harsh environment of the Stadium Club to give you the scoop.

A Massachusetts Fullback in Frank Beamer's Court -- by Cary Whaley
How a lightly recruited fullback named Jesse Allen found his way to VT as a walk-on.

Inside the Numbers: Rating the 1991 Recruiting Class -- by Will Stewart
We take a look at the class that won the Sugar Bowl.

Inside TSL: Letters to the Editor -- by Will Stewart
An announcer works his butt off, and a webmaster takes some abuse.

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Ah, Freshmen
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Ah freshman yearÖa time filled with equal parts excitement and uncertainty. For most of us, it was our first experience living away from home, taking courses in stuffy 500-seat auditoriums, and recovering from late-night keggers by sleeping through our morning schedule.
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