It was a busy Wednesday in the Shewey Athletic Center as national letters of intent piled into Marshall's football offices.
According to 247 Sports, Marshall had the highest ranked recruiting class in Conference USA. The Herd inked 13 three star recruits and the leagues only four star prospect. Among schools outside of the power five conferences, Marshall delivered the third highest ranked recruiting class, only behind South Florida and Central Florida.
The days biggest surprise belonged to Ohio linebacker Kaleb Harris. A three star prospect, he verbally committed to Cincinnati in June only to sign a letter of intent with Marshall today. Another three star Ohio recruit, Nathaniel Devers, also spurned the Bearcats for the Thundering Herd.
A long time Georgia commitment, Kendall Gant sent his letter of intent into Marshall today. C-USA's lone four star recruit, Gant recorded 48 tackles and five interceptions during his senior year at Florida's Lake Gibson High School. Gant will be joined at Marshall by his high school teammate Fredice Binot.
The Herd also missed out on a few targets. Virginia prospect Raymon Minor visited Marshall in mid-January, but the talented four star prospect committed to Virginia Tech. Tampa Bay linebacker Josh Black stayed home at USF instead of honoring his verbal commitment to the Herd. Two of Marshall's other verbal commitments, Stanley Dye and Quincy Perdue, signed with rival C-USA schools. Dye will spend his collegiate career at UTSA and Perdue is headed to UAB.
Of Marshall's 28 commitments, the state of Georgia lead the way with nine signees. Florida was close behind with eight and the Herd also received letters of intent from players in Virginia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Maryland, California, and Ohio.
National Letters of Intent Received
1) Ricardo Williams, DE, University of Miami^
2) Donaldven Manning, DB, Virginia Tech^
3) A.J. Addison, OL, Virginia^
4) Malik Thompson, DL, Florida^
5) Jason Smith, DE, Massachusetts^
6) Cole Garvin, QB, Georgia^
7) Alex Cason, WR, Georgia
8) Keion Davis, WR, Georgia
9) Jordan Dowrey, DT, Virginia
10) Hyleck Foster, WR, South Carolina
11) Frankie Hernandez, LB Florida
12) Tomell One, DE, Florida
13) Reese Wooten, WR, Georgia
14) Ryan Yurachek, TE, South Carolina
15) Antavis Rowe, DB, Georgia
16) Maurice Hall, LB, Florida
17) Quantavious Knight, DB, Georgia*
18) Demetrious Johnson, DB, Maryland
19) Ferdice Binot, OL, Florida
20) Nathaniel Devers, OL, Ohio
21) Kendall Gant, DB, Florida
22) Ryan Bee, DE, Ohio
23) Brandon Mitchell, OL, California*
24) Donquell Green, ATH, Georgia
25) Nyquan Harris, DT, Virginia
26) Kaleb Harris, LB, Ohio
27) LaDerrick Hammond, DB, Georgia
28) Emanuel Beal, WR, Georgia
^Currently enrolled at Marshall
* Junior college commitment
Notes - In a slightly related story, we learned that Marshall kickoff specialist Amoreto Curraj has been placed on scholarship. As a walk-on freshman last year, Curraj recorded 52 touchbacks on 97 attempts.