The Herd tapped a familiar south Florida pipe line for a pair of defenders, Miami Central High School. Three players on Marshall's roster are former Miami Central Rockets, quarterback Rakeem Cato, his favorite receiving target Tommy Shuler, and Virginia Tech transfer Donaldven Manning.
The evenings first commitment came from three star defensive end Fermin Silva. After a junior season in which he made 47 tackles and 15 sacks, Silva was named to the All-Dade Football 6A-8A First Team. The 6-foot-1, 215 pound defender also received scholarship offers from South Florida and Appalachian State. Earlier this month The Miami-Herald named him one of areas top 50 football prospects heading into the summer.
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Just verbally committed to Marshall #Herdnation
— SACKMASTER (@DCsilva14) February 18, 2014
Less than a hour later Marquis Couch made his commitment known via Twitter. An outside linebacker for the Rockets, he recorded 51 tackles and 12 sacks during his junior season. With another year of high school football on the horizon, Couch stands six feet, 210 pounds.
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Proud Herd Commit ‼️‼️💯 #HerdNation @DCsilva14
— Marquis Couch (@mc_4pound) February 19, 2014