Hometown: Bluefield, Va
High School: Graham HS
Year: RS Junior
Over the years, the Hoos have had some talented walk-ons. They've also had some walk-ons who did more off the field than on it. Marrs fits in both categories. As a player, he saw action in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, seeing action in one game on special teams. Off the field, he was found as a bone marrow match for a patient following UVA's annual bone marrow registry drive. The bone marrow drive is something sponsored by Coach, and Marrs is the 2nd player in the past few years to be found as a match. Walk-on LB Trevow Greywatch was the first in 2010.
Coming out of HS, Marrs was not heavily recruited. This is despite being All-Southwest District QB, S and P. He was honorable mention All-State at QB. Marrs also played basketball, baseball, soccer and track&field. Marrs was All-district in basketball and baseball, along with football.
Marrs is like a lot of HS football players, in that his size and speed were adequate for that level, but simply don't play at this level. Marrs is plenty fast, but not fast enough to play DB. Marrs is big, but not big enough to play LB. So, unfortunately, he ends up as a tweener.
Marrs missed all of last season with a lower body injury. Assuming he's back to full strength, he'll likely get some time on special teams. He's enough of an athlete and has a solid football IQ, so he'll excel there. He is listed as the 5th FS on the depth chart, so he isn't likely to see any time there.
Regardless of his value on the field, there is at least one patient in North Carolina who realizes his value off the field.