On the final weekend before national signing day, Marshall secured three verbal commitments including two from three star prospects.
South Florida, Arizona, and Minnesota, three schools that offered Sickles High School (Fla.) linebacker Josh Black a scholarship. After taking a official visit to Marshall last weekend, Black turned down those opportunities and cast his lot with the Herd. A consensus three star recruit, the Tampa Bay Times selected Black as their 2014 All-Hillsborough Defensive Player of the Year. Black received the honor after registering 103 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Watch Josh Black's highlight video
Sometimes a win on the football field translates to a victory in recruiting. That is the case with Annapolis (Md.) Christian School wide receiver Demetrius Johnson. In a recruiting battle between Marshall and the Herds Military Bowl opponent Maryland, Johnson chose to leave his home state and spend the next four years in kelly green. A safety and wide receiver at Annapolis Christian, Johnson was named a All-Metro First Team selection by the Baltimore Sun. During his senior year he tallied 105 tackles, four interceptions, and two sacks. On offense Johnson caught 21 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He also played in the prestigious U.S. Army All American Bowl.
Watch Demetrius Johnson's highlight video
Marshall's final commitment this weekend comes from an under the radar offensive lineman in Florida. Measured at 6-foot-3, 252 lbs., Fredrice Binot committed to Marshall during his official visit to campus this weekend. Besides the Thundering Herd, he also received scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee State, and Toledo.
Watch Fredrice Binot's highlight video
Stay tuned to the Marshall Thundering Blog for all your recruiting news headed into national signing day on Wednesday February 5th.