HUNTINGTON — As the Tri-State has produced more and more college football players, Marshall University has faced greater competition in keeping them home.
A half-dozen, however, opted to don the kelly green and white of the Thundering Herd. Following is a look at how they performed last season:
>> Jacob Cassidy, Spring Valley H.S. A standout tight end with the Timberwolves, Cassidy spent the 2018 season with the Thundering Herd but saw no game action. He since has left the program.
>> Owen Porter, Spring Valley H.S. Porter, a Class AAA all-stater as a senior, was redshirted last season with the Herd.
>> Tyler Brown, Spring Valley H.S. Brown, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound redshirt junior, played in two games last season and five in 2017. In 2018, Brown made one tackle in Marshall's 38-20 Gasparilla Bowl victory over South Florida and intercepted one pass in the Herd's 23-0 win over UTSA.
>> Jacob Kirkendoll, Lincoln County H.S. A 6-5, 243-pound redshirt freshman tight end, Kirkendoll saw no game action last season.
>> Alex Locklear, Spring Valley H.S. A red-shirt junior, Locklear played in 12 games each of the last two seasons. As a freshman, Locklear appeared in 10 games. After the 2018 seasons, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive lineman transferred to the University of Utah.
>> Luke Zban, Huntington H.S. Zban joined the Herd as a preferred walk-on and was redshirted as a freshman. His father, Mark Zban, was a Marshall quarterback and baseball player in the late 1990s. Uncles, Milan, John and Bill also played for the Herd. Milan played football and baseball and is the Marshall Athletics Hall of Fame. John played basketball. Bill played football. Luke Zban's brother, Andrew, was a senior on Marshall's baseball team this season.