Sam Webb: So how did everything go for you at the BBQ last weekend?
Corey Marshall: "It was great man. I had a great time up there. I got to learn some stuff about the academic program and what not. I got to learn about the majors that I could be taking, so it was very informative. And then they showed me around the next day. I had a great time up there with my mother."
Sam Webb: You came in on Saturday morning and then left on Saturday night?
Corey Marshall: "No, we actually came up a day in advance on Friday. We toured the campus separately, before the other recruits and offerees came in, and the next day we got the tour and everything. I had some film time with Coach Robinson in Schembechler's Hall I think is the name. We looked at some stuff that he did with some programs and it was very informative."
Sam Webb: Did you get a chance to explore in depth your desired major?
Corey Marshall: "Definitely. We went to two different academic centers. I talked to some of the LSA guys and they informed me on what my major would entail, some of the different areas and the flexibility with their degrees and what not. So I got a real good taste of what Michigan offers, and it was very good."
Sam Webb: I know when we talked before, we had a long conversation, and one of the things that really stuck out to me in that conversation was your admission that distance would be a bit of a factor because you wanted to be close to your mom. Did you get a good feel for how much of a hindrance that would be for Michigan?
Corey Marshall: "We drove 11 long hours. We'll fly next time. It was just how those things worked out. We can catch flights out there. That's not really a problem. I do not see that is a determining factor."
Sam Webb: In 11 hours on the road I imagine you got a chance to really get your mom's impressions of the visit?
Corey Marshall: "She liked it. She had a great time. She laughed. She got real close with the recruiting coach (Adam) Braithwaite. They had a good time. She got toured around. She got the red carpet rolled out so she had nothing but good things to say."
Sam Webb: You said that you got some film work and you got a better idea of how they want to use you. How exactly do they see you fitting into their defense?
Corey Marshall: "They showed me some key stunts. They ran some games and did some stuff stunt wise. They showed me what they want from a pass rushing defensive end. They showed how they would incorporate me into their scheme and some of the things that they want me to use with my hands. They showed me a young Vonnie Holliday getting after it with Coach Robinson when he was with the Chiefs. Some of the things that they use in Michigan's system that would benefit me. It was very exciting."
Sam Webb: Tough question: you've been a few places now -- how would you say your Michigan visit stacked up to the other places that you've been?
Corey Marshall: "It stacks up and it goes pound for pound with all of them. You know what is unique about this visit, I've never since I've started this whole process been able to come up a day in advance and actually tour the campus. I've come up for games and junior days, but there is only so much that you can do in that slotted amount of time. I had like 48 hours to really digest everything that they had to throw at me and they put the works out. I've got nothing but good things to say."
Sam Webb: What about your feel for the people? You got a chance to spend a lot of time with the coaches and I imagine the players as well; what sticks out to you about your interactions with them?
Corey Marshall: "J.B. Fitzgerald, redshirt sophomore linebacker, was a great guy. We got to talk. I did not get to go out with him Friday because I was just gassed or whatever, but he extended the offer and that was great. He came to the BBQ and we hung out with some other players. The tight end Kevin I believe his name is."
Sam Webb: Kevin Koger?
Corey Marshall: "Yeah. We hung out at the table. We talked with Robinson and Braithewaite so it was a good time all around. That environment is very opportunistic, for me to fit in and just gel with those guys right away."
Sam Webb: What did you guys think of Coach Rodriguez?
Corey Marshall: "He was a good guy. He is a Southern guy. He is a straight shooter. He came in there and laid out what he thought about Michigan and what he thought about his staff. And I saw that Coach Barwis who was under him, the strength coach -- I just fell in love with that guy. He is so scientific. Some of the stuff that he was saying, I was really feeling as far as improving me as a player. Just the spectrum of what they did with Brandon Graham. Some of these players, NFL players coming back that really intrigued me. So what they have financially because of their alumni base was really what shocked me."
Sam Webb: You talked about a number of schools sticking out; where does your list stand now and where does Michigan stand on it?
Corey Marshall: "Michigan is definitely ... they're moving up. I've got a stronger sense of what they're about. It's just about collecting information. Michigan is a great school. They've pressed upon that and they showed stuff to back that up. I'm a believer to this point -- they are a great school and I'll keep looking at them."
Sam Webb: So who along with Michigan are you really looking at right now?
Corey Marshall: "Honestly, Virginia Tech, UVA (Virginia) and West Virginia. Tennessee is in there too but those are the main schools that I'm looking at."
Sam Webb: Are you going to be taking any more visits in the near future?
Corey Marshall: "Probably June 2nd or June 16th up to West Virginia to kind of get with that staff, and probably Tennessee one more time. Yeah, we're trying to schedule those things as we speak."
Sam Webb: When do you think you are going to reach a decision?
Corey Marshall: "Shortly after that. I wanted to slot it after the Michigan visit, like a month or two after that. I think the latest that this will happen is August, and that is just really giving me time to think about everything. A deal should be forthcoming."
Sam Webb: When you and your mom and whoever you're going to deliberate with; when you guys sit down to make this decision, what are going to be the most significant factors in that choice?
Corey Marshall: "Football, proximity to home, you have to take that into account when you speaking to your mother and everything, but academics, coaching staff, opportunity to start down the line. All these things that have just been circling around, stuff that you need to pinpoint and figure out. We'll sit down and I'll talk to my coach and we'll figure all that out."
Dinwiddie (VA) defensive lineman Corey Marshall made the 11-hour trek to the Great Lake State last weekend to attend Michigan's BBQ at the Big House and came away extremely impressed. GBW caught up with the talented youngster to get his thoughts on the coaches & players in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines currently stand on his list, his mother's impressions of the Maize & Blue, and much much more.
UM made a strong impression on Corey Marshall during Saturday's BBQ @ the Big House.