Good Counsel quarterback Brendan “Whitey” Marshall was sitting in the passenger seat of his father’s Honda Accord on the ride home from Charlottesville, stuck in the beginning of rush-hour traffic Wednesday afternoon, when he got on his cell phone and called Virginia Coach Mike London to say he would accept a scholarship offer from the Cavaliers.
“I figured, why not if I liked the school, so I went ahead and did it,” said Marshall, a 6-foot-5, 216-pound junior who also had offers from California and Syracuse.
It was only a few hours earlier that Marshall and teammate Reggie McGee, a junior linebacker, had been touring Virginia’s campus and meeting with London, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coordinator Anthony Poindexter, who recruits the Washington area.
“We got to see the whole campus and I got to sit down with Coach Lazor and watch some film and go over the playbook,” Marshall said. “At the end of the day I sat down in the office with Coach London.”
While Marshall said he made the trip with the intention of committing to Virginia, he told London that he would “sleep on it and get back” in touch.
“The biggest thing was I liked the coaching staff,” Marshall said. “They’re all real stable and I think they’re going to be there awhile. The campus is beautiful. Their pro-style offense is similar to ours. I think I’ll fit in real well there.”
In his first season as a starter this past year, Marshall completed 81 of 143 passes for 1,468 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions as the Falcons went 12-0 and won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
Marshall is the second Washington-area quarterback to commit to a BCS member this offseason, joining Stone Bridge’s Ryan Burns, who pledged to Stanford.