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Herd fills needs at a torrid pace

Dec. 21, 2008 @ 12:52 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University football is replenishing need positions at rapid-fire pace.

Reserve quarterbacks Wesley Beardain and Jonathan Garner have graduated and exited the program; enter junior college signal-callers Press Taylor and Jacob Laudenslayer.

Wide receiver also lacked somewhat entering recruiting season, but at least five are included in the Thundering Herd's prospective signing class. Recently joining the intriguing mix is Independence High School wideout Michael Rhynes.

The 6-foot-5, 202-pound receiver has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Rynes' senior season was limited by injury, but he hauled in 18 passes for 347 passes and eight touchdowns for the North Carolina H.S. power.

North Carolina, Tennessee and Duke also were interested in Rhynes, who boasts a 3.7 grade point average and is academically eligible.

Marshall also has received commitments from prep prospects Zakee Bashir, a linebacker from Walnut Ridge (Ohio), Huntington H.S. athlete C.J. Crawford, wide receivers Freddie Moore (Austin H.S., Ala.) and John Hendershott (Diablo Valley C.C., Calif.) and former Oscar Smith H.S. (Va.) wideout Jamal Wilson.

East Mississippi C.C. wide receiver Wayne Bonner, along with quarterbacks Press Taylor (Butler C.C.) and Jacob Laudenslayer (Mendocino College), offensive/special teams threat Troy Evans (Laney College) and Brandon Miller (Bakersfield C.C.) have signed Letters of Intent with the Thundering Herd.

High school signing day is Feb. 4.

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