Marshall Football Announces 2012 Recruiting Class|
Jan. 31, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Head Coach Doc Holliday has announced the Thundering Herd's 2012 recruiting class. The class features 30 student-athletes and includes 15 individuals that are already enrolled.
"Our coaching staff and support personnel deserve a lot of the credit for the work that they put in to make this happen," Holliday said. "This is another outstanding recruiting class and I look forward to welcoming these young men into the Marshall Football program."
Marshall's recruiting class has being rated as one of the top two classes in Conference USA and features 12 players from the state of Florida. From a position perspective, Marshall's tight ends are ranked 16th nationally, the defensive backs 30th, the linebackers 32nd and the offensive linemen 47th.
Below are biographical capsules on each Marshall newcomer:
Senior Stats: 33 receptions, 1,154 all-purpose yards, 14 total touchdowns (27.5 yards per touchdown).
Accolades: Class 3A Offensive Back of the Year...Two-time all-region...Shrine Bowl selection.
Career Stats: Graded out over 88% in blocking efficiency with 50+ pancake blocks.
Accolades: Selected as Most Outstanding OL at Clayton County Senior Bowl, honorable mention all-state, honorable mention all-county.
Other Offers: Troy, Western Kentucky and Ohio.
Senior Stats: 294 carries, 2,934 yards rushing, 30 touchdowns.
Accolades: Third on the all-time single-season rushing list in Florida state history...Broke numerous Lakeland High School rushing records previously held by Florida's Chris Rainey.
Other Offers: Arizona State, West Virginia, Boston College, South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers and UCF.
Career Stats: 213 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked punts, one interception.
Other Accolades: NC/SC Shrine Bowl All-Star participant...Two-time first-team all-conference.
Career Stats: Blocked for an offense averaging over 450 yards per game...Amassed 100+ pancake Blocks.
Accolades: Four-year starter, two-time all-state, three-time all-county.
Career Stats: Graded out at 90% blocking efficiency as a three-year starter, while tallying 40+ pancakes as a senior.
Accolades: Led team as captain to perfect 15-0 record and #9 Ranking in Final USA Today Poll...First-team all-county, second-team all-state & two-time all-conference.
Other Offers: Florida International, New Mexico, Ohio, Western Michigan and Ball State.
Stats: 74 Tackles, 9 Sacks, 20 TFLs, 3 FFs, 1 FR, 6 PBUs.
Accolades: First-team all-conference and all-region.
Other Offers: USC, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Iowa State, Utah, Colorado State and New Mexico.
Senior Stats: 63 Tackles, 10 TFLs, 9 Sacks, 9 QB Pressures, 7 PBUs, 3 FFs & 2 FR.
Accolades: First-team all-conference and all-county.
Other Offers: Kentucky, Purdue, Florida International, Middle Tennessee, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
Senior Stats: 51 tackles, 20 TFL, 1 INT, 7 PBUs, 3 FFs, 1 FR, 1 DEF TD, 1 KR TD.
Accolades: First-team all-city, all-state honorable mention, East vs. West Ohio All-Star Game participant.
Other Offers: Toledo, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, Eastern Michigan.
Career Stats: 2,909 yards rushing, 36 rushing TDs, 6 PR TDs, 316 receiving yards, 4 TDs receiving.
Accolades: Two-time All-State...ESPN 150 Recruit...Ranked as a Top RB in the nation.
Other Offers: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Louisville and Rutgers
Career Stats: 4,849 yards passing, 2,023 Yards rushing & 75 total TDs.
Accolades: Two-time all-district, second-team All-State, District Player of the Year.
Other Offers: Virginia Tech & Virginia.
Career Stats: 397 tackles, 29 sacks, 7 INTs
Accolades: Second-team all-state & four-time Central Florida Defensive Player of the Week
Other Offers: Washington State, Temple, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic
Senior Stats: 66% completion rate, 2,305 yards passing, 29 TDs, 126.5 QB Rating.
Accolades: First-team all-area, second-team all-state, Nike Dade vs Miami All-Star Game.
Other Offers: South Florida, Indiana, Western Michigan and Buffalo.
Career Stats: 216 tackles, 47 TFLs, 16 sacks, 10 FFs, 1 INT, 457 carries, 4,340 yards rushing, 63 rushing TDs, 23 receptions, 399 yards receiving, 6 receiving TDs.
Accolades: Three-time first-team all-district and all-region, two-time first-team all-state, two-time BDT/Pocahontas Coal Association Player of the Year, MVP of Virginia/Tennessee All-Star Game.
Other Offers: Virginia, Kentucky & Louisville.
Senior Stats: 68 tackles, 4 INTs, 1,600 all-purpose yards and 15 total TDs.
Accolades: Rated #9 CB in the country, Super 75 selection in state of Florida, first-team all-county, Nike South Florida All-Star Game participant, Nike Miami-Dade vs. South Florida All-Star Game participant.
Other Offers: Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee and UCF.
Stats: 20 tackles and four sacks in four games as a senior due to minor knee injury.
Accolades: Regional Rumble All-Star Game participant.
Senior Stats: Led an offensive line that blocked for a unit averaging 376 passing yards and 258 rushing yards per game.
Accolades: First-team all-area and first-team all-county.
Other Offers: Florida Atlantic, Memphis and New Mexico State.
Junior College Stats: 92% grade in blocking efficiency and no sacks allowed.
Accolades: CCCAA All-Conference and Team MVP.
Other Offers: Nevada and New Mexico State.
Senior Stats: 1,780 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns.
Accolades: Second-team All-Metro.
Other Offers: West Virginia and Maryland.
Senior Stats: 42 catches, 657 yards receiving, 8 TDs receiving, 1 rush TD.
Accolades: First-team all-conference and honorable mention all-county.
Other Offers: Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Career Stats: 305 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 15 sacks.
Accolades: Led the state of West Virginia in tackles as a senior...First-team all-state and all-conference.
Junior College Stats: Blocked for a unit that amassed 5,000+ total yards and ranked 15th nationally in the NJCAA.
Accolades: First-team All-Conference.
Other Offers: Mississippi State, Purdue, Indiana, East Carolina, SMU, Utah State, Western Kentucky and Akron.
Stats: 54 tackles, 7 INTs, 12 PBUs, 2 PR TDs & 3 KR TDs.
Accolades: First-team all-state and all-conference.
Other Offers: Arkansas, UCF & UAB.
Career Stats: 93 tackles, 7 INTs, 7 sacks, 2,972 yards passing, 1,600 yards rushing, 851 yards receiving, 28 Total TDs.
Accolades: Central Florida Athlete of the Year, second-team all-state, seven-Time Central Florida Player of the Week
Other Offers: Arkansas, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse, Washington State, Florida International, UCF, Memphis, Temple and Ball State.
Junior College Stats: 32 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 12 TFLs
Accolades: SWJCFC All-Conference
Other Offers: Colorado State, Ohio & Buffalo
Senior Stats: 55 Tackles, 18 TFLs, 14 Sacks, 23 QB Hurries & 3 FFs
Accolades: All-City, All-Conference, All-County, Prepstar California Classic All-Star Game Participant
Senior Stats: 20 Tackles, 2 INTs, 187 Carries for 1,300 Yards and 15 Total TDs.
Accolades: 1st Team All-County, UnderArmour Dade vs Broward All-Star Game Participant
Other Offers: Maryland, Minnesota, Florida International, Western Kentucky, Toledo & Bowling Green
Career Stats: 230 Tackles, 20 sacks, 4 INTs, 8 FFs
Accolades: PrepStar All-American, 1st Team All-State
Other Offers: Amassed over 50 offers including Georgia, LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio State, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Clint Van Horn-OL
Senior Stats: 87% Blocking Efficiency and 32 Pancakes
Accolades: 1st Team All-State
Career Stats: 91 tackles and 11 interceptions.
Accolades: Miami-Dale all-county, Miami-Dade North/South All-Star Game.
Other Offers: Texas Tech, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Toledo and Western Michigan.