Chuck Landon: MU's time is winding down for recruiting
Tick, tick, tick.
That's the sound of the recruiting clock.
The national signing date of Feb. 6 is only 24 days away for NCAA football programs. That means Marshall has roughly three weeks to make a late push for significant prospects.
And that's precisely what the Herd needs to do.
That's because the Class of '13 looks like a feast or famine crop, so far.
Sure, there's a pair of 4-star recruits in Fork Union's Angelo Jean-Louis and Stefan Houston. And, yes, that elite duo could be joined by a third 4-star recruit if wide receiver Deontay McManus does indeed enroll at Marshall as rumored on Monday.
But after that trio, there are only two 3-star prospects.
The rest of the 14 commitments?
Well, basically, they are a bevy of prospects that Marshall got by out-recruiting schools from the Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt and lower echelons of Conference USA.
Here's a look:
Deontay McManus: The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout was the crown jewel of WVU's 2012 class. But the Baltimore, Md., native wasn't eligible so he attended the Atlanta Sports Academy. That is the same prep school that produced MU academic non-qualifiers Kent Turene and Cory Tindal. Now, rumors are flying that he will enroll for the spring semester at MU. Herd officials aren't convinced of that, however. If he does come, McManus probably will be an academic non-qualifier. Otherwise, why wouldn't he be headed to WVU to replace Stedman Bailey?
Angelo Jean-Louis: The wide receiver, 6-0, 185, was once a Miami Hurricanes recruit. He is expected to enroll on Monday.
Stefan Houston: He's a 6-3, 200-pound safety/linebacker and appears to be a steal.
Taj Letman: The 6-3, 195-pound junior college transfer safety was heavily recruited and will enroll for the spring semester.
Jeremiah Benjamin: The 6-2, 225-pound linebacker had offers from WVU, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Purdue and Texas A&M among others.
Lakeith Murray: This 6-0, 185, juco transfer's other offers were from New Mexico State, SE Louisiana and Wyoming.
Kevin Anderson: The 6-2, 204-pound quarterback's other offers were Illinois State and Jacksonville State.
Mark Barr: The 6-0, 160-pound wideout's other offers were Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Bowling Green and Tulane.
Cody Collins: The 6-2, 280-pound center's other offers were Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky.
Justin Hunt: The 6-1, 182-pound wideout's other offers were Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky. He is listed as a Marshall commitment by Rivals.com, but not by Scout.com.
Josh Knight: The 6-1, 180-pound wideout's other offers were Bowling Green, FIU, Georgia State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Florida, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.
Michael Selby: The 6-3, 280-pound offensive guard's other others were Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State and Mississippi State.
Gerald Wright: The 6-2, 321-pound offensive guard's other offers were Florida A&M and Ole Miss.
Aaron Plantt: The 6-1, 200-pound linebacker from Hallandale, Fla., is listed as an MU commitment by Scout.com, but not by Rivals.com.
Arnold Blackmon: The under-sized 6-2, 235-pound juco transfer defensive end will enroll for the spring semester.
This class has an overall average of only 2.4 stars.
It needs a push.
Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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