Herd lands another Georgia prospect
HUNTINGTON -- It appears the favorite song for Marshall University's football recruiting staff is currently "Georgia On My Mind."
As it turns out, Georgia has had its mind on the Thundering Herd lately as well.
Marshall received a verbal commitment from receiver Alex Cason of Valdosta, Ga., one day after getting a verbal from three-star quarterback Cole Garvin from Sandy Creek, Ga.
Cason said his commitment was based on the Marshall style of play and past success of Herd receivers.
"It's the history of Marshall," Cason said. "It would be an honor (to be the next great receiver). It's been my dream my whole life to play in the NFL."
Cason, 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, described himself as a possession receiver whose strong point is his hands.
He and Garvin went to a quarterback/wide receiver camp together earlier this year. Cason also played for Garvin's high school coach, Chip Walker, in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl in December 2012, so he has knowledge of the quarterback who will join him in the Class of 2014.
Valdosta (Ga.) earned ESPN's distinction as the very first "Titletown" when the network chose its inaugural recipient of the award in 2008.
That's because of the rich tradition of winners at the school and in the community.
Valdosta High School celebrated its 100th season of football in 2012 and the program has more wins than any other high school program in the nation with an overall all-time record of 876-209-34.
Cason said he looks forward to bringing that winning attitude to Marshall, which has its own history of a successful past and is trying to reestablish that magic.
"Coming out of Valdosta, it's the winningest high school in the nation," Cason said. "There's a lot of people who look up to you. If I can do my thing in Valdosta, I should come to Marshall and do the same or even better."
After giving Marshall his commitment on Saturday, Cason was named as the Most Valuable Player at the 2013 Palmetto State Showdown, a prestigious 7-on-7 tournament in Duncan, S.C.
Valdosta won the outright title over powerhouse Byrnes (S.C.) to take first out of 24 teams.
"It was very competitive and I love to compete so I loved the tournament," Cason said. "I had already gave them my commitment. I wanted to show what I could do."
According to 247sports.com, Cason chose Marshall over offers from Cincinnati, Charlotte, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.
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