Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Marshall Football: National Signing Day is Almost Here

Fax machines are being warmed up across college football as national signing day is set to commence in less than eight hours. In late January we published a signing day primer for the Thundering Herd, but a lot has changed in just a few weeks. Marshall picked up numerous verbal commitments and we have a new list with all the latest updates.

Our list is split into two categories, recruits that have already enrolled at Marshall and those who have just given a verbal commitment. We also have additional information on a few prospects the Herd is still pursuing.

Already Enrolled
1) Ricardo Williams, DE, University of Miami*
2) Donaldven Manning, DB, Virginia Tech*
3) Rodney Allen, WR, Texas+
4) Raheim Huskey, LB, South Carolina+
5) Jalen Stevenson, DE, Florida+
6) Brandon Byrd, ATH, Florida+
7) Tony Pittman, LB, Virginia+
8) D'Andre Wilson, DB, South Carolina+
9) A.J. Addison, OL, Virginia^
10) Malik Thompson, DL, Florida^
11) Jason Smith, DE, Massachusetts^
12) Cole Garvin, QB, Georgia#

* Transfer
+ 2013 Academic non-qualifier
^ Prep School enrollee
# High School early enrollee

Verbal Commitments
1) Emanuel Beal, WR, Georgia
2) Ryan Bee, DE, Ohio
3) Alex Cason, WR, Georgia
4) Keion Davis, WR, Georgia
5) Jordan Dowrey, DT, Virginia
6) Stanley Dye. DB, Florida
7) Hyleck Foster, WR, South Carolina
8) Nyquan Harris, DT, Virginia
9) LaDerrick Hammond, DB, Georgia
10) Frankie Hernandez, LB Florida
11) Tomell One, DE, Florida
12) Rayjon Simes, DE, Georgia
13) Reese Wooten, WR, Georgia
14) Ryan Yurachek, TE, South Carolina
15) Brandon Mitchell, OL, California*
16) Antavis Rowe, DB, Georgia
17) Maurice Hall, LB, Florida
18) Quantavious Knight, DB, Georgia*
19) Quincey Perdue, WR, Georgia
20) Donquell Green, ATH, Georgia
21) Josh Black, LB, Florida
22) Demetrious Johnson, DB, Maryland
23) Ferdice Binot, OL, Florida
24) Nathaniel Devers, OL, Ohio
25) Kendall Gant, DB, Florida

* Junior College prospect

Of the 25 prospects listed, pay special attention to Hyleck Foster tomorrow. East Carolina made a late push for his services and the Pirates hosted him for a official visit January 17th. Also, it does not look like Fork Union Military Academy wide receiver Ryheem Lockley will sign a letter of intent with Marshall. He will likely attend junior college instead.

Marshall is locked in a three way battle for Virginia athlete Raymon Minor. He will make his decision tomorrow at 11 a.m. between Nebraska, Virginia Tech, and Thundering Herd.  Like Kendall Grant, grades could be an issue that pushes Minor towards the Herd.

Tomorrow we will have wall-to-wall coverage of national signing day here, and on our Twitter page, @MarshallTBlog. Every letter of intent faxed into Marshall's football staff will be announced via Twitter with a link to the recruits profile. An updated list of official commitments will also be kept on the sites front page.

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