Holliday tries to load Herd
HUNTINGTON -- Proactive best describes John "Doc" Holliday's approach to his burgeoning tenure.
Marshall University's new football coach and his assistants apparently have worked double time since their hirings, evidenced by this weekend's impressive group of official visits. It's a diverse group, primarily in terms of positions, with a healthy dose of southern-based student-athletes.
Holliday and several assistants, including running backs coach JaJuan Seider, have considerable Florida recruiting ties. Those connections appear to have helped lead to this recruiting weekend, which kicks off Friday.
Following is look at Marshall's initial group of scheduled prospects touring campus, leading to this year's Thundering Herd recruiting class. Virtually all of the players are rated at least as a three-star prospect by recruiting services. National signing day is Feb. 3.
TRAVIS BELL -- 6-FOOT-2, 185 POUNDS, DB, BELLE GLADE, FLA.
Bell ranks among Florida's top high school prospects. Enough said. He's timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and adds physicality to the position. He's reportedly committed verbally to WVU and also has received offers from Florida State, LSU, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Georgia and Rutgers.
ANTWON CHISHOLM -- 5-FOOT-9, 175 POUNDS, ATHLETE, BELLE GLADE, FLA.
Similar to current Marshall multi-threat Andre Booker, Chisholm (timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash) reportedly has verbally committed to Marshall after de-committing from Mississippi State. According to several recruiting Web sites, Chisholm also received scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Rutgers and West Virginia.
EDDIE SULLIVAN -- 6-1, 185, QB, BOCA RATON, FLA.
The three-star signal-caller is rated No. 66 nationally at his position by www.scout.com. He's verbally committed to Wake Forest and also has been offered by Kansas State, Iowa State, Southern Miss, Rutgers and Florida International
FRED PICKETT -- 5-9, 165, WR, PAHOKEE, FLA.
Keeping with the trend of this weekend's recruiting visits, Pickett boasts sprinter's speed. He's reportedly committed to WVU and also received an offer from Florida State.
JAZZ KING -- 5-10, 175, WR, BYRNES, S.C.
Again, appears to fit a Booker mold with elite speed who could fill multiple roles, including slot receiver. Ole Miss, North Carolina, Kansas and Conference USA rivals UCF and Tulane also have offered King.
CHRIS HEAD -- 6-5, 205, TE, JACKSON, GA.
Marshall long has been known for playmaking tight ends, including Mike Bartrum, Cody Slate and rising senior Lee Smith. Athletic and certainly capable of adding considerable weight under new strength coach Frank Piraino, Head's abilities are familiar to Marshall fans.
D'ANTWONE KING -- 6-4, 340, OT CALERA, ALA.
Conference USA programs are dueling for this powerful lineman. UAB and Memphis are among competing universities recruiting King.
RA'SHANDE MYERS -- 6-3, 215, DE, COCOA BEACH, FLA.
Continuing with the Florida-based theme, Myers earned first team all-state honors last season. Myers reportedly has committed to Colorado State and also has been offered by Western Michigan.
MICHAEL DOZIER -- 6-2, 310, DT, HOMESTEAD, FLA.
Along with offensive line and safety, defensive line serves as a recruiting need position. Dozier's size fits well into Marshall's recent defensive scheme. Wake Forest also has offered King, who earned MVP honors at Miami's National Underclassman Combine.
BRANDON SPARROW -- 6-4, 250, DT, BEDFORD, VA.
Like Head, Sparrow appears familiar to former Marshall standouts. Think Billy Lyon as an athletic tackle capable of adding considerable weight during his career.
MALCOLM STRONG -- 6-3, 240, DE, STONE MOUNTAIN, GA.
Marshall has enjoyed recruiting success at Stone Mountain and at Stephenson High School in particular. The speedy rush end also has received offers from Louisville, Troy, Western Michigan and Kent State.
HANS LOUIS -- 6-0, 210, MLB, HOLLYWOOD, FLA.
The Chaminade Madonna Prep School standout has received considerable recruiting attention, largely because of elite speed at his position. WVU, Toledo and Buffalo are among programs who have offered Louis.
T.J. ROSS -- 5-11, 195, OLB, DURHAM, N.C.
Ross projects at numerous positions as an NCAA Division I-A player, from weak side linebacker to safety. The Southern High School standout also is receiving ACC interest.
JARAEL WATSON -- 6-1, 200, OLB, FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.
The Cardinal Gibbons High School playmaker, who's reportedly been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, also is receiving Mid-American Conference interest.
ZACH DUNSTON -- 6-1, 195, CB/WR, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.
Like several prospects visiting, Dunston is capable of filling several positions and is on several recruiting radars. Louisville, Kent State and Temple also have offered Dunston.
BRIAN ROBINSON -- 5-10, 190, FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.
Robinson is a primary playmaker from an elite high school program, St. Thomas Aquinas. Ole Miss, Miami, Tennessee, WVU and Rutgers are among programs offering Robinson, rated among the nation's top 50 safety prospects.
HAROLD HOSKINS -- 6-0, 195, S, GAINESVILLE, FLA.
A high school quarterback at Eastside, Louisville also is involved in Hoskins' recruiting.