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Marshall football recruits

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 12:38 AM

Justin Hunt, WR, 6-2, 180

Memphis, Tenn.

Whitehaven H.S.

Averaged 19 yards per catch in 2012 and finished with four touchdowns to lead Whitehaven to a Class 6A title. Chose Marshall over Memphis, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky.

Michael Johnson, DB, 5-10, 165

Miami, Fla.

Booker T. Washington H.S.

Rated highly among players in Florida and around the nation. Listed as the 27th-best prospect nationally at safety and is the 68th-best prospect out of Florida, according to Rivals. A former verbal commit to Florida State. Also had offers from West Virginia, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Utah and Houston.

Tiquan Lang, DB, 5-9, 174

Port St. Joe, Fla.

Lowndes H.S., Valdosta, Ga.

Class 6A All-State First Team selection in Georgia with 73 tackles and three interceptions.

Gerald Wright, OL, 6-3, 320

Miami, Fla.

Northwestern H.S.

Helped Northwestern to 3,660 yards of offense in a balanced scheme (1,465 passing, 2,195 rushing) and a 9-3 record. Chose Marshall over Florida State Ole Miss and Florida A&M.

Jeremiah Benjamin, LB, 6-2, 215

Hollywood, Fla.

McArthur H.S.

A multi-sport standout at McArthur. A three-star prospect who had offers from more than 20 schools. Chose Marshall over West Virginia, Wake Forest and Florida International.

Cody Collins, OL, 6-2, 280

Trotwood, Ohio

Trotwood-Madison H.S.

Helped the Rams' offense to 5,200 yards of offense, including 3,500 yards rushing in 2012. Selected Marshall over offers from Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky.

Arnold Blackmon, DL, 6-2, 245

Bellaire, Texas

Navarro J.C.

Had 44 tackles with 19 for loss and eight sacks in 10 games for Navarro. Blackmon chose Marshall over Houston, Kansas State and New Mexico.

Brandon Byrd, RB, 6-0, 198

Gibsonton, Fla.

East Bay H.S.

A triple threat as a rusher, receiver out of the backfield and return man.

Neville Hewitt, OLB, 6-2, 220

Conyers, Ga.

Georgia Military College

Chose Marshall over Colorado State, South Alabama and Appalachian State. Had 65 tackles and five pass breakups while playing a hybrid safety/linebacker spot. Hewitt has three years to play two.

Josh Knight, WR, 6-1, 180

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Fort PIerce H.S.

Another Florida product in a receiver-heavy class. Made 29 catches for 383 yards and five touchdowns last season. Other offers from Middle Tennessee State, Bowling Green, Florida International, Memphis and South Florida.

De'Andre "Chocolate" Wilson, CB, 5-10, 170

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach H.S.

A four-star prospect. Despite suffering a knee injury that sidelined his senior year, Wilson chose Marshall over Purdue and Ole Miss while also touting offers from Missouri and N.C. State.

Chris Huhn, OT, 6-6, 290

Pickerington, Ohio

Pickerington North H.S.

A three-star prospect who switched his commitment from Western Kentucky to Marshall in mid-to-late January. Also had offers from Louisville and several Mid-American Conference schools.

Tony Pittman, RB, 5-11, 200

Hampton, Va.

Phoebus H.S.

An explosive and powerful runner. Ended 2012 with 1,761 yards and 22 touchdowns. In addition to Marshall, his offers included Cincinnati, Miami, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse and Northern Illinois.

Shykeem Pitts, DB, 5-11, 175

Davenport, Fla.

Ridge Community H.S.

Can do it all on the field. Played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back in high school. Had six interceptions. Also had an offer from Western Kentucky.

Sandley Jean-Felix, OL, 6-5, 292

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Boyd Anderson H.S.

A big-time prospect who was a bit of a steal for the Herd. He's only played football for three years. Other offers included Florida International, Middle Tennessee State, Texas Tech, West Virginia and Bethune-Cookman.

Aaron Plantt, LB, 6-1, 202

Hallandale, Fla.

Hallandale H.S.

Visted in late Novermber and commtted in mid-December. Finished 2012 with 44 tackles, 10 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one interception. Also had offers from Western Michigan, Delaware and Liberty.

Michael Selby, OL, 6-3, 280

Sandersville, Ga.

Washington County H.S.

:High school offense produce more than 5,000 yards in 2012 (3,000 rushing, 2,000 passing). Selby had 96 pancake blocks. Chose Marshall over Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee State and Georgia State.

ENROLLED IN JANUARY

Angelo Jean-Louis, WR, 6-0, 185

Wellington, Fla.

Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy

Had scholarship offers out of high school from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Signed with Miami before enrolling at Fork Union.

Stefan Houston, LB, 6-3, 200

Clarksburg, Md.

Fork Union (Va. Military Academy

Originally committed to Maryland out of high school before enrolling at Fork Union.

Taj Letman, DB, 6-3, 195

Elberton, Ga.

Holmes C.C.

Had many offers despite sitting out 2012 because of a knee injury. Had other offers from Baylor, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Purdue.

Kevin Anderson, QB, 6-2, 204

Boca Raton, Fla.

Boca Raton H.S.

Passed for 509 yards and five touchdowns to start his senior year before breaking his collarbone at the end of September. Graduated early.

Josh Brown, DT, 6-5, 300

Aiken, S.C.

South Aiken H.S.

Committed to Clemson in the Class of 2012 but sat out last year and transferred to Marshall.

Shawney Kersey, WR, 6-1, 197

Woodbury, N.J.

Penn State

Left Penn State early in the 2012 season for personal reasons. Reunites with former Penn State teammates Derrick Thomas and Devon Smtih at Marshall.

Deontay McManus, WR, 6-2, 215

Baltimore, Md.

Atlanta Sports Academy

Committed to West Virginia in 2012 after getting multiple BCS offers.

Devon Smith, WR, 5-7, 147

White Plains, Md.

Penn State

Transferred from Penn State and used a redshirt year in 2012. He will be a senior.

SIGNED IN 2012, COUNT TOWARD CLASS OF 2013

Tyler Combs, OL, 6-5, 275

Louisa, Ky.

Lawrence County H.S.

Kentucky all-state player as a junior and senior.

Gary Thompson, LB, 6-3, 206

La Mesa, Calif.

Helix H.S.

Played at the same high school that produced former Marshall running back Travon Van.

Corey Tindal, DB, 5-10, 175

Lauderlake Lakes, Fla.

Atlanta Sports Academy

Originally signed with Florida International with other offers from Maryland and Minnesota out of high school.

Kent Turene, LB, 6-3, 230

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Atlanta Sports Academy

Originally signed with Georgia before enrolling at Atlanta Sports Academy instead. Was offered by nearly 25 BCS programs.

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