by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Western Branch running back Josh Marriner lit up the Deep Creek Hornets on Friday night, rushing 261 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns in a 60-12 win. The Bruins are 2-0 on the season already, and Marriner has had a key role in his team’s success so far this season.
Marriner is a senior leader for his squad, not only in the stat columns, but in the class room and in terms of character and discipline. Coaches consistently praise him for his humility and poise. He brings so much to the table that it’s no wonder college coaches are expressing interest.
After Friday’s game against Deep Creek, Marriner made the trip to Connecticut to visit UConn. The weekend was a productive one, with Marriner taking in the Huskies game against NC State, meeting with the coaches, and touring the campus.
“It was a good visit. They played better than I thought they would this year. Their defense is amazing,” Marriner said. “It was a great game. Their offense has a few kinks, but I know they can work it out. I went to a positional meeting after the game and saw how they’ll (move forward). ”
Marriner met with his recruiter, Assistant Coach Darrell Perkins, as well as UConn Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni.
“On Sunday, Coach Pasqualoni sat down with my parents (and me) and talked to us a little about UConn. We talked about school and football,” Marriner explained. “Most of my questions had already been answered. I toured the campus with Reuben Frank (sophomore fullback for the Huskies). He showed me some of the campus. We saw the dorms, the chemistry building…. The campus is amazing. I like the architecture of the buildings. It’s beautiful up there.”
So what’s next for the Bruin running back? He has offers from Wofford, Old Dominion, UConn, Temple, VMI, Richmond, Navy and Air Force, plus he’s hearing regularly from Wake Forest, Harvard, Penn and Coastal Carolina.
“I probably won’t take all of my visits, but I’ll probably take one more,” Marriner stated. Josh expects to make a verbal commitment soon, “probably sometime during the season”.
His next visit might seal his decision on his college destination. More offers could still come in, so no school has a lock on him just yet. Will he go out of state to play in the Big East? Will that ACC offer come? Will he stay close to home? We’ll know soon. In the meantime, we can enjoy his performances on the high school gridiron as he racks up yardage and helps his Western Branch team rack up wins.
The Bruins look to go 3-0 when they travel to Hickory on Friday night.
– Andy Hilton