Marshall Football Announces its 2011 Recruiting Class


Coach Doc Holliday

Coach Doc Holliday

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Head Coach Doc Holliday has announced the Thundering Herd's 2011 recruiting class. The class features 29 student-athletes and includes four individuals that are already enrolled.

"I am extremely proud of our football staff and support personnel for all of their hard work," Holliday said. "This is an outstanding recruiting class and it shows you the amount of respect that individuals around the country have for Marshall University's football program."

Marshall's recruiting class is being rated by several services as the No. 1 overall class in Conference USA and is arguably the most highly-touted class in school history. The class features 12 players from the state of Florida and a balanced mix of offensive and defensive personnel that fill Marshall's immediate needs.

Rivals.com ranked Marshall's recruiting class No. 1 in C-USA and No. 48 overall in the nation through 4 p.m. on Wednesday. In fact, Marshall boasted the highest ranked recruiting class among Non-BCS AQ schools (TCU is moving to the Big East and UTAH to the PAC-10 next season), according to Rivals at that time.

Rivals also ranked Marshall's individual position groups as some of the finest in the country. Marshall's tight ends were rated at No. 19, Marshall's linebackers and the Herd's running back class are both ranked at No. 20, Marshall's defensive end recruits are ranked No. 32 overall, the Herd's receivers are ranked No. 33 overall, Marshall's offensive linemen are ranked at No. 44 overall and finally the Herd's quarterback class is ranked 50th overall in the nation.

Earlier Wednesday, Holliday was mentioned by former University of Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer during ESPN's coverage of National Signing Day.

"He (Holliday) is a guy who knows how to recruit and had coached for nearly 27 years. He recruited and coached a lot of the parents of the up and coming recruits. He was key in the Palm Beach, Dade and Broward area of Florida. He had his hands in our national championships in 2006 and 2008," Meyer said.

Below are biographical capsules on each Marshall signee:

Davonte Allen-WR
6'1", 180
Glades Central High School (Fla.)

 

Belle Glade, Florida

Coached By: Jessie Hester

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Senior Stats: Recorded 30 receptions, 730 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

Other Accolades: A Palm Beach County Treasure Coast All-Star...rated as the No. 95
overall wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com.
Other Offers: WVU, Miami (Fla.), USF, Kansas, Iowa St., Rutgers, FIU, and FAU

Chris Alston-WR

5'11", 185

Fairfield Central High School (S.C.)

Winnsboro, South Carolina

Coached By: Reggie Kennedy

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Recorded 33 receptions, 1,154 All-Purpose Yards and 14 total touchdowns...averaged 27.5 Yards per touch for Fairfield Central.

Accolades: The South Carolina Class 3-A Offensive Back-of-the-Year, a two-time All-Region selection, and a South Carolina Shrine Bowl selection.

Keith Baxter-DB

5'11", 180

Homestead High School (Fla.)

Homestead, Florida

Coached By: Bobby McCray

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Career Stats: Recorded four interceptions that he returned for a total of 132 yards, including three INT returns for touchdowns...produced 87 tackles, 32 pass breakups, two sacks and recovered six fumbles in his prep career.

Accolades: A Honorable Mention All-Dade selection in 2010, ranked second in the 100-meter in state of Florida... a Preseason All-American...rated as a Top 25 Player in Dade County...the son of former Marshall standout flanker Keith Baxter, Sr., who lettered for Marshall from 1985-87.

Other Offers: Syracuse, Memphis, Florida International University and New Mexico

Steward Butler-RB

5'10", 170

Lakeland High School (Fla.)

Lakeland, Florida

Coached By: William Castle

Recruited By: Sean Cronin

Senior Stats: Recorded 294 carries, 2,934 rushing yards, 12.4 yards per carry and 30 touchdowns as a senior.

Accolades: He is the third all-time single season rushing leader in the history of Florida high school football...broke numerous Lakeland High rushing records that were previously held by Florida's Chris Rainey.

Other Offers: Arizona State, WVU, Boston College, USF, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and UCF

Cortez Carter-ATH/LB

6'0", 210

Liberty High School (Va.)

Bealeton, Virginia

Coached By: Tommy Buzzo

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Year Stats: Produced 118 tackles, 1 FF, 2 FR, 1.5 Sacks, and blocked a punt as a senior.

Other Offers: UConn, Ohio, and Temple

Rakeem Cato-QB

6'1", 170

Miami Central High School (Fla.)

Miami, Florida

Coached By: Telly Lockette

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Career Stats: Recorded 9,412 passing yards and 103 passing touchdowns against only 23 interceptions in his prep career.

Accolades: A four-year varsity starter that holds numerous Miami-Dade County passing records.

Other Offers: WVU, Cincinnati, and Florida International

Armonze Daniel-LB

6'4", 225

Avon High School (Ind.)

Avon, Indiana

Coached By: Mark Bless

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Posted 72 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and five pass breakups as a senior.

Career Stats: Recorded a total of 191 tackles, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups in his prep career...rated as a four-star player by ESPNU....rated as the No. 21 overall linebacker prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.

Other Offers: Iowa, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Toledo and Western Kentucky

Terry Franklin-DE

6'4", 235

Tyler College (Texas)

Tyler, Texas

Coached By: Danny Palmer

Recruited By: Fred Tate

2010 JUCO Stats: Recorded 51 Tackles (40 Solo), 7 Sacks and 10 tackles for loss...also credited with two forced fumbles, two fumble returns and a fumble return for a touchdown.

Accolades: Signed w/ Oklahoma out of HS

Other Offers: Houston, Tulsa, Memphis, UAB, Middle Tennessee, UL-Lafayette

Blake Frohnapfel-QB

6'5", 210

Colonial Forge High School (Va.)

Stafford, Virginia

Coached By: Bill Brown

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Completed 95 of 159 passes for 1,733 yards and also rushed for 257 yards

Career Stats: Passed for more than 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career.

Accolades: A two-time First-Team Commonwealth Player-of-the-Year, a second-team All-Region pick and a first-team All-Area selection...joins his brother Eric who is also in the 2011 MU signing class.

Other Offers: Wake Forest, WVU, and Vanderbilt

Eric Frohnapfel-TE

6'6", 210

Colonial Forge High School (Va.)

Stafford, Virginia

Coached By: Bill Brown

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Produced 28 catches, 641 yards, 8 touchdowns, 70 tackles, 12 sacks, and an interception return for a touchdown as a senior.

Accolades: A two-time All-State selection, a two-time All-Met pick, and a two-time first team All-Region selection...signed with Marshall along with his brother Blake.

Other Offers: WVU, Virginia, UConn, Vanderbilt, Miami (OH)

Jermaine Holmes-LB

5'11", 230

Valdosta High School (GA)

Valdosta, Georgia

Coached By: Rance Gillespi

Recruited By: Tony Peterson, Sean Cronin

Senior Stats: Recorded 67 total tackles, 47 solo stops, 15 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior.

Accolades: The Georgia Class 5A-Region 1 Defensive Player-of-the-Year, Border Wars All-Star Game MVP

Other Offers: Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, UCF, and Middle Tennessee

Levern Jacobs-WR

6'0", 165

Suitland High School (Md.)

District Heights, Maryland

Coached By: Ed Shields

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Amassed 1,140 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. Accolades: A Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star.

Other Offers: New Mexico and Temple

Conelius Jones-ATH

6'2", 195

Spartanburg High School (S.C.)

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Coached By: Freddie Brown

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Produced 2,374 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns.

Accolades: a Shrine Bowl All-Star that enrolled at Marshall in January.

Other Offers: Michigan, Stanford, Miami (Fla.), Wake Forest, Duke, Florida International, and Toledo

Josue Joseph-OL

6'4", 275

Freedom High School (Fla.)

Orlando, Florida

Coached By: Andy Johnson

Recruited By: Sean Cronin

Senior Stats: Graded out with 95% blocking efficiency with 31 pancakes and did not allow a single sack as a senior.

Accolades: A Central Florida All-Star and Sentinel Super 60 selection.

Other Offers: Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky

Jamar Lewter-OL

6'8", 280

Ballou High School, (Washington, D.C.)

Washington, District of Columbia

Coached By: Moses Ware

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Recorded 60 pancakes and did not allow a sack.

Accolades: First-Team All-City and First-Team All-Metro...a Chesapeake Bowl All-Star and Washington Pigskin Club Top Player...rated as the No. 35 overall offensive lineman in the country by Rivals.com.

Other Offers: Auburn, USC, Miami (Fla.), Pitt, UCLA, UNC, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Clemson, Illinois, Rutgers, Maryland, Wake Forest, New Mexico, and many others.

Evan McKelvey-FS/SS

6'1", 185

Berkley High School (S.C.)

Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Coached By: Jerry Brown

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Recorded 142 tackles and five interceptions last season for Berkley H.S....enrolled at Marshall in January.

Other Offers: Clemson and East Carolina

Deon Meadows-LB

5'11", 215

Smyrna High School (Tenn.)

Smyrna, Tennessee

Coached By: Matt Williams

Recruited By: Mike Cassity

Career Stats: Recorded 467 tackles, 12 Sacks, three interceptions, nine forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and blocked a punt in his prep career.

Accolades: A Mr. Football Finalist in Tennessee...three-time All-Region selection...helped his team to the 2006 State Championship and a state runner-up finish in 2010.

Other Offers: Arkansas, Memphis, UAB, Ohio, Kent State, MTSU, WKU and Arkansas State

Robert Mincey-DE

6'5", 260

Fairfield High School (Ohio)

Fairfield, Ohio

Coached By: Aaron Fitzstephens

Recruited By: Mike Cassity

Senior Stats: Credited with 20 Tackles and seven sacks in only five games (Injury shortened season).

Accolades: A two-time First-Team All-County and First-Team All-Conference selection.

Other Offers: Illinois, Kansas, Memphis, Ohio, Akron, Ball St., BGSU, Kent St., WMU, and Toledo

Colin Munro-OL

6'5", 310

Chaffey College (Calif.)

Rancho Cucamonga, California

Coached By: Carl Beach

Recruited By: Bill Legg

2010 JUCO Stats: Registered 30 pancake blocks and allowed only two sacks last season at Chaffey.

Accolades: A two-time First-Team All-Conference and All-State Nominee

Other Offers: WVU, Washington St., Memphis, Utah St.

DeAndre Reaves-ATH

5'10", 180

Dominion High School (Va.)

Sterling, Va.

Coached By: Kyle Buckwalter

Recruited By: Phil Ratliff

Senior Stats: Recorded 1,780 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns last year.

Accolades: 2nd Team All-Metro

Other Offers: WVU and Maryland

Jarquez Samuel-DE

6'5", 240

Valdosta High School

Valdosta, Georgia

Coached By: Rance Gillespi

Recruited By: Tony Petersen & Sean Cronin

Senior Stats: Recorded 52 Tackles, 5 TFL, 11 Sacks, 1 FR, and two pass breakups.

Accolades: First-Team All-Region and a Border Wars All-Star Game Selection...rated as the No. 53 overall strongside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com.

Other Offers: WVU, LSU, Louisville, ECU and UAB

Tommy Shuler-WR

5'9", 185

Miami Central High School (Fla.)

Miami, Florida

Coached By: Telly Lockette

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Career Stats: Produced more than 3,000 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns in his prep career.

Accolades: A Miami-Dade All-County pick...selected for the Miami-Dade vs. Broward Nike All-Star Game.

Other Offers: Cincinnati and Florida International

Anthony Spano-OL

6'2", 275

Gulf Coast High School (Fla.)

Naples, Florida

Coached By: Andrew Mirati

Recruited By: Bill Legg

Senior Stats: Started 12 Games and played both center and right tackle...recorded 38 pancake blocks.

Accolades: Scout.com listed him as one of 25 players to watch in 2010...Third-Team All-Florida by Reebok.

Other Offers: Florida Atlantic

Travon Van-RB

5'10", 190

Milford Academy Prep (N.Y.) via Helix High School (Calif.)

La Mesa, Calif.

Coached By: Bill Chaplick (Milford) and Troy Starr (Helix)

Recruited By: Doc Holliday

Senior Stats: Rushed for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior at Helix High before attending Milford Academy...rated as a four-star recruit by several recruiting services...signed with the University of Florida last year before enrolling at Marshall....went to the same high school as Reggie Bush...rated as a four-star player by ESPNU.

Other Offers: Florida, WVU, USC, Miami (Fla.), and numerous others

Remi Watson-RB

5'11", 195

Lake Gibson High School (Fla.)

Lakeland, Florida

Coached By: Keith Demyer

Recruited By: Sean Cronin

Career Stats: Recorded 428 Carries, 28 Receptions, 3,457 Total Yards, and a total of 48 touchdowns in his prep career.

Accolades: 2009 Polk County & Lakeland-Ledger Player-of-the-Year, a two-time All-State selection, and a First-Team All-Area pick.

Other Offers: South Florida, Central Florida, Ohio, and Western Kentucky

Robert Way-LB

6'2", 200

Glades Central High School (Fla.)

Belle Glade, Florida

Coached By: Jessie Hester

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Career Stats: Credited with 243 Tackles, 43 sacks and 69 tackles for loss in his career.

Accolades: A two-time All-State selection and Palm Beach County Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

Other Offers: Florida, Miami (Fla.), Syracuse, CMU, WMU, Buffalo, FIU, and FAU

Deontae West-DB

5'10, 170

Hialeah High School (Fla.)

Hollywood, Florida

Coached By: Mark Berman

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Career Stats: Recorded 91 tackles and 11 interceptions

Accolades: Miami-Dade All-County, Miami-Dade North/South All-Star Game

Other Offers: Texas Tech, Duke, Western Michigan, Toledo and Florida Atlantic

Craig Wilkins-WR

5'11", 180

Hialeah High School (Fla.)

Hialeah, Florida

Coached By: Mark Berman

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Career Stats: 53 Receptions, 992 Yards Receiving, 11 TD's, 80 Tackles, 3 TFL, 7 INTs Accolades: Miami-Dade All-County, Miami-Dade vs Broward Nike All-Star Game

Other Offers: Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Kansas, Kansas St., Kentucky, Cincinnati, Duke, Vanderbilt, Memphis, and many others

Corie Wilson-DB

5'10", 170

Edison High School (Fla.)

Miami, Florida

Coached By: Eddie Jackson

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider

Senior Stats: Recorded 57 tackles, 45 solo stops, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, four interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries as a senior...already enrolled at Marshall.
Other Offers: UCF and Western Michigan