Herd lands 2 Fork Union recruits
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall solidified two of its most pressing recruiting needs over the weekend when Fork Union Military Academy four-star wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis and three-star safety Stefan Houston committed to play for the Herd after a weekend visit.
Both players are big-time remedies for the Herd's offseason needs, and Jean-Louis said the two can carry their familiarity to Marshall.
"We bonded at Fork Union while going through the same things," Jean-Louis said. "It's built into a good friendship and it's pretty cool that we're going to the same school."
Jean-Louis is a highly-touted receiver that had committed to Miami in the Class of 2012, but academic issues forced him to Fork Union for the 2012 season.
He had remained committed to the Hurricanes, but academic issues remained and his recent test scores brought up potential issues at Miami.
Jean-Louis told the Palm Beach Post's Jeff Greer that part of the reason he chose Marshall is because "Marshall's been here for me since Day 1."
The 6-0, 190-pound receiver then made it official after visiting the school with Houston over the weekend.
Jean-Louis said the style of play and Marshall's history with successful wide receivers made for the perfect scenario for him to step into.
"The receivers that they have now are pretty good receivers and (the staff) is always finding ways to get those receivers the ball to make plays," Jean-Louis said. "They have a really solid quarterback, too, so that definitely a good look."
The four-star wide receiver will be asked to help fill the voids left by graduating wide receivers Aaron Dobson, Antavious Wilson and Andre Snipes-Booker.
Jean-Louis is not the only top prospect that the Herd nabbed over the weekend.
Fork Union coach John Shuman confirmed Houston's commitment as well and spoke in-depth about what he brings to the table for Marshall.
"He's an NFL guy, and he'll be better than (former Marshall safety and current San Francisco 49ers safety) C.J. Spillman," Shuman said.
The 6-3, 220-pound Houston was rated as the No. 55 recruit nationally at outside linebacker in the Class of 2011 and signed with Maryland.
During his year at Fork Union, Shuman moved him to safety and was very impressive, according to the veteran coach.
"He's very powerful and he'll come up and hit you like a linebacker," Shuman said. "Just a great all-around player. He's long, lanky, runs a 4.5-40 and moves really well. He's a safety, but he could easily move to outside linebacker also."
That move to safety is what sparked Shuman to make the comparison to Spillman, whom Shuman also coached at Fork Union Military Academy.
The addition of Houston helps Marshall fill a pressing need heading into 2013 with the departure of Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha, who spent one season with Marshall after graduating from Boston College.
No matter what the position, Shuman said he was excited to hear the news of players choosing to continue at the next level with the Herd.
"Marshall has a knack for coming in here and getting these big-time guys to sign with them," Shuman said. "Every time we send another player to Marshall, we always get excited about it."
Jean-Louis is expected to enroll for the spring semester and will be eligible to sign on Wednesday when mid-year junior college players can sign National Letters of Intent. The early signing period for junior college players goes from Wednesday until Jan. 15, 2013.
It was not immediately known whether Houston will sign in the early period for junior college players or finish out the year at Fork Union and sign with the Herd on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 6, 2013.