Marriner Up To Seven

Josh Marriner is one of the top running backs in Virginia. During the spring evaluation period, Marriner picked up several scholarship offers. The Western Branch High (Chesapeake, Va.) running back talks about recruiting, his summer plans, and more.

Over the past few months, Josh Marriner (5'10/190) has seen his stock rise on the recruiting trial. The talented prospect is up to seven offers and attracting interest from several other schools.

"I have offers from ODU, Air Force, Temple, Navy, UConn, VMI, and Wofford," said Marriner. "I am also hearing a lot from North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest, and West Virginia."

Thus far, Marriner has had a busy summer and that will continue this weekend.

"So far I have camped at West Virginia, North Carolina, and I went to Temple last weekend," he said. "This weekend, I am camping at UVA and then Wake Forest on July 14."

The Western Branch standout does not have a top school, but admits a group of schools have made an impression.

"I don't really have a leader right now, but as far as the schools standing out – Temple and ODU," Marriner said. "Then UNC and Virginia are the other two, because they are so close. I have been in contact with the UNC coaches for a long time. As far as Virginia, my mother went to UVA, and I have been talking to coach Chip (West) on and off about going to the UVA camp."

Marriner is unsure of what he will do once he finishes the camp circuit.

"I am not really sure if I am going to narrow my list of schools down," he said. "I am going to look at all the schools recruiting me, then one day whenever I wake up and feel it in my heart, that is the school I am going to choose."

When the time comes, Marriner knows a few things that the school will need to have.

"First of all, the education will be the most important," he said. "I need to make sure they have my major—or something I would like to major in. Chemistry, Biology, and Pharmacy are some things that I am interested in. I want to do something that can help other people's lives.

"Then I will look at the type of football program they have, how they operate, and how they coach. I want to see if they make their players better or if they stay the same. I want to go somewhere that will better me as a person and a football player."

The running back does not have a timetable for a decision.

"I am perfectly fine making my college decision before the season starts," "If a school is where I want to be, I have no problem making the decision early on."

Last season, Marriner carried the ball 173 times for 1,350 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a score. Marriner bench presses 295 pounds, squats 555, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.

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