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Eight offers for Marriner

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Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch running back Josh Marriner recently added one more offer to raise his total to eight. The 5-foot-9, 188-pounder is now busy with visits as he hopes to check out a number of schools before his senior season begins.
"I picked up an offer from Richmond in the past month," he said. "In addition, last week I went to Wake Forest for camp. I had a great camp and they plan to get back to me in a few days."
The Demon Deacons seemed impressed with what they saw out of Marriner at their camp.
"They said they liked me a lot," he said. "They liked how I moved and my build. They talked about my highlight tape and the fact when I get hit I don't go backwards, I still move forwards. They are just still re-evaluating."
Wake Forest is just the most recent visits for Marriner as he also camped at Virginia, North Carolina, Temple and West Virginia in the past month. He is also planning to camp at Old Dominion soon.
"Of them, I know Virginia liked me," said Marriner. "All of their coaches are starting to like me and I put on a show. I caught Mike London's interest with a 10.2 broad jump and a 4.4 40. I think all of the schools are waiting on people to commit or not."
Along with his most recent offer from Richmond, Marriner also has offers from Air Force, Connecticut, Navy, Old Dominion, Temple, Wofford and VMI.
So is anyone standing out to Marriner?
"As far as schools I'm impressed with, of the offers I'd say Old Dominion and Temple. With those that have sparked a lot of interest, but not offered I'd say Virginia, Wake Forest and North Carolina," he said. "As far as Virginia, it's in Virginia and I like the whole coaching staff from the head coach on down. They are great people and teach great skills. They can develop me as a player just like other schools."
Meanwhile, the tailback noted plans to take official visits before he makes a final decision, perhaps as soon as mid-season.
"I know I want to take an official visit to Connecticut," he said. "I haven't gotten a chance to get up there. I don't want to leave them out of the loop. I want to meet the coaches, see the campus and talk to the players."
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