Shuman Is Hearing From ND

Everywhere Notre Dame assistant coach Jon Tenuta has coached, he has signed at least one Fork Union Military Academy player.

Could Mark Shuman be next?

Tenuta certainly has a great in with the family. While at Virginia, he played college ball against Shuman's father John, who has since worked and coached football at Fork Union for the last 29 years.

"When he was coaching at Ohio State, I used to do the camps there, and hang out with him," the elder Shuman said. "Then when he went to North Carolina, I switched and started going there, and when he went to Georgia Tech, I went down there.

"Our friendship has kind of materialized. I sometimes call him and ask him questions. He's kept up with my family obviously, and I've kept up with his. Good guy, a good guy to hang around with. He doesn't take any crap, and sometimes I need someone to put me in line."

Shuman would let Tenuta put his son in line too.

With roughly 15 scholarship offers from places like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Georgia, Rutgers and North Carolina, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Shuman is beginning to hear from some of the nation's top football programs.

The four-star offensive tackle and top-100 player overall, has been receiving letters from Notre Dame, and besides Tenuta being in touch with Shuman's father, Irish assistant coach Ron Powlus has been by the school.

"I like the energy there," the younger Shuman said. "A powerhouse team with nationally known coaches, that's what really stands out for me about Notre Dame."

Shuman has yet to visit the South Bend campus.

"What I told coach Powlus we might do is, come over for a spring practice or come up this summer," John Shuman said.

Shuman himself has met Tenuta a couple times. He is much more familiar with the coaches at Virginia Tech, where his older brother Ryan just wrapped up his college career playing on the Hokies offensive line.

"Virginia Tech right now is No. 1, because I know everyone there comfortably," Shuman began. "I've been around the coaches since middle school. Right now, they're No. 1, but with everyone jumping in, and with offers coming in from good schools, I definitely want to listen to everybody. Virginia Tech is always going to be up there, but I'm going to see what I have and look into everything."

Shuman admitted that besides Virginia Tech, Virginia, West Virginia and Notre Dame standout out the most.

"Everybody right now has a chance," Shuman stated. "I'm just going to take it slow and maybe over the summer or after the season, I'll make a decision.

"I'm just looking for a good place where I could call home for four or five years. Have a strong relationship with the coaches, especially my position coach. It has to have good academics too. Just stuff like that, a place where I can live, and have good coaches that I see as family, that I could come to them if I need anything, with great academics definitely."

Though Shuman's father coaches the post-graduate team at Fork Union, he was able to make a great assessment of his son's game.

"His size and quickness," John Shuman said. "He's 6-6, 280 and runs like a deer. He has good feet. Every time people see him pass set, they're like we have to get this guy."

Now the Shumans are waiting for Tenuta, Powlus, Charlie Weis and the rest of the Notre Dame staff to say the same thing. Top Stories