MU gets 2014 football commitment
HUNTINGTON — There was a bit of a buzz Monday surrounding Marshall University football.
It was the buzz of a Bee.
Hillsdale (Ohio) High School defensive end Ryan Bee became Marshall’s ninth commitment for the Class of 2014. Hillsdale is in Jeromesville, a city in Ashland County in northeast Ohio.
Bee is a 6-foot-7, 245-pound strongside end who will bolster Marshall’s defensive line once he joins the program.
As a junior with Hillsdale, he helped lead a defensive unit that finished 7-4 on the season. Ironically, his 2012 season ended relatively close to Huntington with the Falcons falling to Oak Hill, 29-26, in the first round of the playoffs.
Considered the state of Ohio’s top small-school defensive lineman, Bee finished 2012 with 66 tackles, including 11 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.
In addition to the offer from Marshall, he had interest from West Virginia, Toledo and Bowling Green.
He said he really liked the feel surrounding Marshall — from the coaching staff to the lay of the campus.
“I just liked how the campus is close together,” Bee said. “My school isn’t that big, so it’ll be a change, but not a huge change.”
Bee said it was a bit of a surprise when Marshall coaches were at his school and talked to him about taking a visit. It wasn’t long after that he had his first offer from a school.
“I didn’t even think that Marshall would be interested because I hadn’t had any contact, but they came to the school and said they wanted to talk,” Bee said. “Three weeks later, they made the offer.”
Bee confirmed that Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg had handled his recruitment and he made an unofficial visit to campus three weeks ago.
He said Legg’s demeanor and calming nature stood tall with him.
“I definitely like that he’s laid back and not an uptight guy,” Bee said of Legg. “Anything I ask, he had an answer.”
Bee was a multi-sport standout for Hillsdale, also averaging a double-double for the basketball team. He said there was no doubt which sport he would play in college, though.
“I’ve known all the way through that I wanted to play college football,” Bee said. “I like them both, but my first choice was football definitely.”
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