Marriner Reels in First BCS Offer

Not so long ago, Josh Marriner was seeking his first offer of any kind. He snagged one from FCS Old Dominion soon after, and took the next step forward when Air Force represented his first FBS offer two weeks ago. But on Friday, he got one step further when a BCS-bound team pulled the trigger.

Chesapeake (VA) Western Branch running back Josh Marriner has dealt with transition of late. After a solid junior campaign, he shifted focused to track where he continues to excel. In the meantime, he hit combines and camps to further expose himself on the recruiting scene. Since, his high school has transitioned to new football coaches set to install a new offense.

On top of all that, Marriner picked up his third offer on Friday, and it came from Temple - a program fittingly in transition.

The verbal scholarship offer the 5-foot-10, 188-poud prospect received was one that may have been delayed had it not been for Marriner's track prestige. He was competing in the Penn Relays meet in Philadelphia, and the Owls' staff pounced when they received word of his location.

"Last week, when I had a track meet, my coaches told me the Temple coaches wanted to get in contact with me," said Marriner. "When they heard I was in Philly, they got me on campus and I got to meet all the coaches.

"I had a meeting with the running back coach (Tyree Foreman) and the head coach (Steve Addazio), and they talked to me and my mom for a while about the direction of the program."

"I kept talking to the coaches this week and I figured it (the offer) would happen sooner than later – and it was sooner," he continued. "Coach (Sean) Cronin, the recruiting coordinator, ran into my mom at her school, and she told me to call him. He finally offered when I called, it felt great. "

Marriner was relieved yet again to add an offer to his suddenly growing list, and he is excited about what the Owls have to offer.

"They're going back into the Big East, which is good," he said. "They've been strong over the past few years.

"I've been watching some videos on YouTube, it's very inspiring. The whole school is changing; the environment is changing is temple."

Not only did the school and random visit impress the surging running back prospect, but the coaching staff seems to have done its part as well.

"I love the coaching staff up there, Coach Addazio is one of the most energetic coaches ever," said Marriner. "He was just a very exhilarated man when I first met him; I just love him…truthfully."

As one would imagine, the new offer changes the complexion of Marriner's recruitment, though previous offers from Old Dominion and Air Force are holding strong and keeping each school in the thick of the race for him.

"It has because of the opportunities I can get at Temple," he said. "It gives me a variety of options right now; (but) I'm still doing the pros and cons with the other schools right now."

And more schools are entering the mix weekly as the Spring evaluation period continues. Connecticut is the latest to jump into the mix, and the Huskies – represented by secondary coach Darrell Perkins - paid Marriner a visit before inviting him to a camp.

The speedy runner plans on pursuing medicine in college, and informed Scout that each of the three schools to offer him have a solid reputation in their individual programs.

Mariner is on the rise, so track his progress as well as the rest of the Class of 2013 on FOX Sports Next and Scout.com.


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