Monday, January 20, 2014

Marshall Football: Herd Adds Three Commitments

It was a big recruiting weekend at Marshall with a dozen football prospects on campus for official visits. Of the 12 players the Thundering Herd hosted, three made a verbal commitment before heading home.

Earlier this month, offensive line coach Alex Mirabal told the Huntington Herald Dispatch that he needed two junior college left tackles in this years recruiting class. Mirabal got half of his wish on Saturday when Pierce College (CA) offensive lineman Brandon Mitchell committed to the Herd. Mitchell stands 6-foot-3, 340 lbs., and Marshall appears to have been his only scholarship offer.

With seven verbal commitments from Georgia this year, the Peach State has been a recruiting hotbed for the Thundering Herd. Marshall added another one to the list this weekend when Washington High School defensive back Antavis Rowe committed to the Herd. Rowe wore a number of hats during his high school career, playing offense, defense, and special teams. In December he was named to the 2013 AAAA Georgia Sportswriters All-State football team as a kick/punt returner. 

Marshall and UCF don't compete in the same conference anymore, but they still fight for the same Florida recruits. After committing to the Knight's last June, Maurice Hall had a change of heart during his official visit to Marshall and gave a verbal pledge to the Thundering Herd. Hall is measured at 6-foot-2, 186 lbs., and he played offense and defense at Gibbs High School. 

In September of his junior year, Hall was wounded during a drive by shooting in his native St. Petersburg. The injures sustained during the shooting cut his football season short, but he made a full recovery and returned to the gridiron as a senior.

A three start recruit according to Rivals, Hall is projected to play linebacker or defensive back in college. Besides Marshall and UCF, he also had scholarship offers from Oklahoma, WVU, and Kentucky among many other schools.

In addition to Mitchell, Rowe, and Hall, Georgia defensive end Rayjon Simes re-affirmed his October verbal commitment to Marshall while on campus this weekend.

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