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Holliday hopes to celebrate

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The day is finally here.

It's Christmas for college football coaches who were busy working during the actual holiday.

It's the day when nearly two years or more of work on studying prospects comes to fruition.

It's National Signing Day.

All across the nation, high school seniors will be signing a National Letter of Intent committing them to a college program.

It's life-changing for the players and sometimes, program-changing for the colleges.

Marshall University is no different.

Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday has made his reputation as one of the country's best recruiters, as has his recruiting coordinator, JaJuan Seider.

In the last few weeks the Marshall coaching staff was in its two-minute drill with prospective athletes as they convince them why it's the right place for them to play.

Holliday's success can be seen throughout the Herd's starting roster, which features some of the top players in Conference USA.

His first recruiting class -- the 2010 class -- featured tight end Gator Hoskins, a 2012 Mackey Award candidate, kicker Justin Haig, offensive linemen Garrett Scott and Josh Lovell and defensive tackle Brandon Sparrow, among others.

The 2011 class was also studded with talent, including quarterback Rakeem Cato, the C-USA Player of the Year, wide receiver Tommy Shuler, quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, running back Steward Butler (who later also signed in 2012), running back Remi Watson, linebacker Jermaine Holmes and defensive back Keith Baxter.

The 2012 class also showed its success with Butler re-signing, along with last year's Conference USA Freshman of the Year Kevin Grooms. Other impact signees from the year included Devon Johnson, Matt Cincotta and Cameron Dees.

So what promise does the 2013 class bring?

There are several names who could end up pushing Marshall to the head of C-USA in 2013 -- names such as four-star wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis or fellow wide receiver Deontay McManus -- could make huge impacts before their careers are done.

Others could include cornerback Chocolate Wilson or safety Taj Letman or perhaps offensive guard Michael Selby, who reportedly chose the Herd despite a late run by Georgia Tech to gain his services.

But, before the legacies of the future Marshall players begin, there's one thing left to do.

That's sign on the line.

And with that, Herd coaches and fans patiently wait.

Just like a kid at Christmas who has spent months checking out toys with their name on it under the tree.

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