With West Virginia assistant coach Chris Beatty leading the charge, WVU hit Norfolk, Virginia Beach and the surrounding communities hard. Despite a concerted effort, the Mountaineers were never really able to establish a strong presence in the area.
Running back Shawne Alston was the only Tidewater area player who actually panned out during the 2008-2010 seasons.
Flash forward to 2016, and the Mountaineers are back on the Virginia coast. And this time they’ve set their sights on a pair of teammates from Norfolk.
“I had a fun time at West Virginia. They show a lot of love and are very interested in me,” Marks said. “The school has a lot of passion for the game and one of the biggest workout facilities in the nation to (help) get players to the next level,” said the 6-1, 205-pound prospect. “You can tell that the people in Morgantown love their Mountaineers."
Mack is seeing a lot of early interest from several schools in the area. “I currently hold offers from WVU, Maryland, Virginia Tech, UVA, Old Dominion, Towson, Appalachian State and Hampton. I don’t have a top 5 yet,” Mack said.
Marks currently has one offer, so he says he plans to hit the camp circuit this summer in search of more. “I have one offer so far from Hampton University. I will be attending the Maryland, Virginia Tech, WVU, James Madison and Old Dominion camps this summer.”
Mack, who checks in at 6-3, 210-pound, said he doesn’t have any specific visits lined up for now, but does plan to visit the campuses of the other schools that are recruiting him. “I plan to get back up to WVU soon,” he said.
They both say they are in contact with WVU graduate assistants Logan Williams and Michael Burchett. Joe Wickline is also involved, having swung by Norview for a visit on April 29.
As far as being a package deal, they say they love the idea but realistically they understand it might not be possible. “I would love to go to college with K.J. but we know we have to make the right decision, whether that's together or apart,” Mack said. “Either way, we will always have that brotherhood.”