September 25, 2009

Shinn talks season, UA

No high school team in the state of Alabama was as dominating in 2008 as the Vigor Wolves and super athlete and Alabama commit Marvin Shinn was a huge part of Vigor's state championship season. As a sophomore wide receiver, Shinn hauled in 46 catches for 872 yards and 17 touchdowns and the 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete is off to another fast start with the Wolves this season.

"We're doing pretty good so far this year. We're 4-0 and we've pretty much won every game easily," said Shinn. "We've got a lot of young guys we're still trying to bring along but I think some of them are starting to click now. We all really think we can win state again if we keep our focus."

Shinn became the first commitment of the Crimson Tide's 2011 recruiting class when he committed to Alabama back in April but his announcement hasn't stopped schools from around the country from continuing to pursue the junior superstar.

"I've had lots of stuff coming in from other schools. No other offers yet but lots of letters and things like that. I feel really good about Alabama and I went ahead and committed because I didn't want recruiting to be a distraction to me for the next year or two. I haven't really looked at many other schools so I never want to say never. I guess it's possible that something could come along that I wasn't expecting and blow me away but I don't expect that to happen. Right now, I'm not interested in anybody other than Alabama."

While Shinn won't be able to attend Alabama's SEC opener against Arkansas this weekend, he is planning to attend at least one game in Bryant-Denny Stadium this season.

"I wanted to go up to the game this weekend but it looks like I won't have time to make it work. I will definitely make it to at least one Alabama game this fall but I'm just not sure which one yet."

In the meantime, Shinn said he is working on bulking up his frame in order to become a more dominant and physical wide receiver, something he believes will make him a more valuable player at the college level.

"I'd like to add a good bit more weight so that I could play a little more physical but I'd have to work a little harder to keep my speed up. I'm going to use the next year to really find out what works best for me in terms of my size and conditioning so that I can come into college ready to compete for a starting spot."

Shinn boasts a 4.49 forty time and a 35-inch vertical.

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