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Herd football has more visitors

MU football
Jan. 29, 2010 @ 12:51 AM

HUNTINGTON -- At 19 verbal commitments and likely counting, Marshall University football continues to work toward securing this year's recruiting class.

At least seven student-athletes are scheduled to make official visits this weekend. National signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 3.

In a short time under new head coach Doc Holliday, the Thundering Herd has addressed numerous needs. Versatility has underscored the prospective signing class with players capable of filling multiple roles.

Following are student-athletes scheduled to make official visits beginning Friday.

JERMAINE KELSON, 5-7, 156, ATH, MIAMI SOUTHRIDGE H.S., FLA.

Southern Florida has proven productive during recruiting season, and Kelson ranks among the area's more diverse playmakers. Kelson, who's reportedly committed to Central Michigan, lined up at quarterback in high school but projects at several positions.

JOSH LOVELL, 6-6, 270, L, CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL, VA.

Lovell ranks as the nation's No. 28 tight end prospect by www.scout.com. His athleticism, however, could allow Lovell to segue to offensive tackle. He also enjoyed a standout defensive end career at Christchurch.

Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina also have offered Lovell.

RANDY RICHARDS, 6-4, 310, C, COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS, CALIF.

Immediate offensive line impact is a priority in this year's recruiting class. Richards reportedly has committed to New Mexico State and also has been offered by Arkansas.

JUSTIN HAIG, 5-10, 170, K, AMERICAN HERITAGE H.S., FLA.

West Virginia has offered Haig, who also has received strong interest from Miami and Vanderbilt. Haig was a high school teammate of Marshall verbal commitment Darius Millines.

STEFON GRACE, 6-4, 200, ATH, CINCINNATI NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OHIO.

The rangy wideout has served as a top playmaker at the perennial Division IV contender. Grace has received interest from Mid-American Conference and Big Ten schools. He's lined up at numerous positions, including wide receiver, linebacker and defensive end.

TYON DIXON, 5-11, 188, LB, COLERAIN H.S., OHIO.

A sideline-to-sideline defender, Dixon is rated as the nation's No. 135 outside linebacker. He's verbally committed to Louisville, also has received an offer from Ball State and has received interest from Michigan, West Virginia and Cincinnati.

MAURICE ROBERTS, 6-0, 175, ATH, IMMOKALEE H.S., FLA.

The two-way player has lined up at defensive back and wide receiver. Roberts reportedly has committed to Western Michigan.

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