May 27, 2010

Shinn talks spring, UA

Although Vigor receiver Marvin Shinn was the first player to commit to the Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2011 recruiting class all the way back in April of 2009, the talented playmaker has continued to be a top target for many of the South's top programs in the year since he announced his commitment. This spring, Shinn continued to improve and impress on the practice field and the recruiting attention he's receiving hasn't let up.

"This spring went pretty well for me," Shinn said. "Our whole team really got a lot better. Our quarterback is really doing a great job of getting me the ball so it should be a pretty good season for me this fall."

"I'm up to 12 offers now at this point, including one I got recently from LSU. They are after me really hard and I probably hear more from them than anyone else other than Alabama."

While all the additional recruiting attention has given the Rivals250 to Watch member something to think about, he said he remains committed to the Tide.

"I feel pretty good about my commitment to Alabama right now. I'm anxious to see them play this season and see what the offense looks like over the course of a whole season but overall I really like everything about Alabama and I feel comfortable with my decision. I'm going up to Tuscaloosa this weekend for an unofficial visit just to meet with the coaches again and maybe talk to some of the players a little."

In recent months, Shinn has become friends with fellow Alabama commitment Danny Woodson, a relationship that will likely assist in keeping Shinn solid to the Tide.

"Me and Danny talk a lot. He's a great guy and on the field he's the kind of guy who you really want playing on the field with you at the same time. He's a guy that can make a play and that defenses will have to take seriously, and that will make it easier for all the other receivers on the field too."

Shinn, who currently stands at 6-foot-3, 177-pounds, said he hopes to use this offseason to add more weight and muscle as well as increase his speed.

"I'm doing a lot of training this summer. Hopefully if I can add some weight and not lose any of my speed, I will be able to make plays for the team I wasn't able to make last season. I feel good about my skills right now but I know I can be better."

As a junior, Shinn racked up more than 900 total yards of offense and scored 17 total touchdowns.

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