Dec. 21, 2005
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Marshall University Head Football Coach Mark Snyder announced the signing of three junior college student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
"We wanted to bring in a good group of junior college players that could come in and meet our program's needs and I feel like we were able to do that," Snyder said. "These young men have a chance to make an impact and we look forward to having them join the Thundering Herd family in January."
Marshall's junior college signees for the class of 2006 are wide receiver Mike Bolio of L.A. Harbor College (Calif.), kicker Anthony Binswanger of Diablo Valley J.C. (Calif.), and defensive end Ryland Wilson of Copiah-Lincoln College (Miss.). All three players are expected to enroll at Marshall in January.
Mike Bolio WR, 6-0, 195, L.A. Harbor College (Calif.)
Selected as a first-team junior college All-American in 2004 by JC Grid-wire, JUCAL and the All California Community College Football Coaches Association ... did not play in 2005 ... played both receiver and quarterback in 2004 and was named the Western States Conference Player of the Year after accumulating more than 2,390 all-purpose yards (578 rushing, 382 receiving, 697 in returns and 736 passing) and 20 touchdowns ... graduated from North Torrance High School in 2002 before attending L.A. Harbor ... as a prep senior he was a first-team all-state receiver and the Ocean League Offensive Player of the Year and a Los Angeles Times All-Region selection.
Anthony Binswanger K, 6-2, 190, Diablo Valley J.C. (Calif.)
Transferred to Diablo Valley from the University of California ... recorded 15 touchbacks from 73 kickoffs for the Golden Bears in 2004 ... Last season at Diablo Valley he connected on nine of 12 field goals with a long of 51-yards in addition to making 26 of 27 extra point attempts ... played high school football at De La Salle where he helped his team win national championships in 2002 and 2003 ... was a first-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League and first-team All-Contra Costa Times selection as a prep senior ... was tabbed as the No. 2 kicker on the West Coast by StudentSports.com and Insiders.com following his senior season.
Ryland Wilson DE, 6-3, 255, Copiah-Lincoln C.C. (Miss.)
A standout performer and two-year starter at Copiah-Lincoln ... a 2005 NJCAA pre-season All-American ... led his team and conference with nine sacks en route to earning second team All-America and all-conference honors this season ... a standout prep performer at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Va. ... was named to the second-team Associated Press All-Group AA squad as a high school senior.