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Chuck Landon: Insider's view to Marshall recruits

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 12:41 AM

We know the names, the heights, the weights, the hometowns and most of the 40 times.

All that remains is evaluating the recruits in Marshall's just completed football Class of 2013.

So, here are my rankings:

BEST RECRUITS

No. 1 -- Angelo Jean-Louis: The one-time Miami Hurricanes signee was rated as the top prep school prospect in the country by 247Sports.com. As a senior at Palm Beach (Fla.) Central High School he was rated as the No. 8 athlete in America and No. 8 wide receiver.

No. 2 -- Michael Johnson: The Miami, Fla., native had been verbally committed to Florida State since this time last year, but he surprised the Seminoles by flipping to Marshall on Wednesday. He is ranked as the No. 27 safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and also was offered by WVU, Kansas State and Ole Miss. He is expected to qualify academically.

No. 3 -- Stefan Houston: The former University of Maryland signee was rated as the No. 7 prep school prospect in the nation. This linebacker is so athletic, he played wideout and quarterback in the "Wildcat" at Clarksburg (Md.) High School.

No. 4 -- Jeremiah Benjamin: The linebacker from Hollywood, Fla., had some interesting offers including WVU, Texas A&M, Duke and the Naval Academy. Draw your own conclusions. He's so athletic, he also averaged 15 points as a shooting guard in basketball and ran the 100 and 200 meters in track.

No. 5 -- Sandley Jean-Felix: The former FIU verbal also turned down offers from Texas Tech and WVU to sign with Marshall. The 6-5, 292-pound offensive tackle was a basketball player, who has played only two years of football. He has a huge upside.

IMPACT RECRUITS

No. 1 -- Taj Letman: The junior college transfer has three years of eligibility and is expected to be the starting free safety next season.

No. 2 -- Kent Turene: The 6-3, 230-pound former Georgia signee sat out the last two semesters as an academic non-qualifier. But participating in spring practice will get rid of the rust. He should compete for playing time at weak-side linebacker.

No. 3 -- Stefan Houston: He should compete for playing time immediately at strong-side linebacker.

No. 4 -- Angelo Jean-Louis: Marshall has a ton of wideouts, but it might be difficult to keep him off the field.

No. 5 -- Neville Hewitt: The juco transfer should battle Houston for playing time at strong-side linebacker.

NO-SHOWS

No. 1 -- Larry Jefferson: The former Louisville signee was one of five players sitting out as academic non-qualifiers, but the defensive end has been dismissed from the program.

No. 2 -- Da'Wan Hunte: The cornerback chose Purdue over MU and Syracuse. That opened up a slot for Marshall to sign Tiquan Lang, a defensive back who had given South Alabama a verbal.

No. 3 -- Davon Durant: The linebacker didn't qualify academically and committed to Butler junior college.

No. 4 -- Lakeith Murray: MU didn't offer the juco defensive back.

ALL-NAME TEAM

No. 1 -- De'Andre Wilson aka "Chocolate."

No. 2 -- Chris Huhn aka "Lurch."

No. 3 -- Skykeem Pitts.

No. 4 -- Taj "Mahal" Letman.

No. 5 -- Sandley Jean-Felix aka "The Sandman."

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2827 or clandon@herald-dispatch.com.

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