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HIGH SCHOOLS: Addison to block for Herd next fall

A.J. Addison suddenly has a rooting interest in today’s Military Bowl.

The former Fredericksburg Christian School football standout won’t attend today’s game in Annapolis, Md., but he plans to watch on TV and cheer for Marshall—the program he committed to earlier this week.

“I had six Division I–AA offers, but Marshall was my first Division I–A offer,” Addison said Thursday night.

Addison, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman, spent the fall semester at Fork Union Military Academy in Fluvanna County. He played on both sides of the ball, but FUMA postgraduate coach John Shuman envisions him concentrating on offense at Marshall.

“I think right tackle,” Shuman said Thursday. “He’s got the wingspan and the range to fit right in at right tackle.”

Marshall’s listed starting right tackle for today’s Military Bowl game against Maryland is redshirt sophomore Clint Van Horn. The Thundering Herd’s starting left tackle (Garrett Scott) and his primary backup (Gage Niemeyer) are both seniors.

“They told me they have four seniors on the offensive line who are graduating,” Addison said, “so I’m going to go in and compete for a spot.”

Addison will enroll in the Huntington, W.Va., school in January and will participate in spring practice. He’ll join former Colonial Forge standouts Eric and Blake Frohnapfel on the Marshall roster. Eric Frohnapfel is a backup tight end, and Blake Frohnapfel is the Thundering Herd’s second-string quarterback.

Addison began his high school career at Caroline, but transferred to FCS and was an All-Area selection in 2012. He spent the 2013 season at Fork Union to improve his academics and get another year of seasoning. He played both offensive tackle and guard as well as defensive tackle, helping FUMA finish 7–3 and beat a Canadian team in the annual Maple Syrup Cup.

He also lost 40 pounds, and his slimmer physique and better grades made him more attractive to college recruiters.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443