Marshall Offers Georgia Defensive End

Defensive End has been a position of strength for Marshall University over the past 15 years. The Herd, in that time frame has sent four defensive ends into the NFL. The search for the next future NFL prospect continues as Marshall has offered a few defensive ends and is looking for the best athletes out there to take that spot.

As mentioned, Marshall has had some success with producing defensive ends. The late Johnathan Goddard was taken by the Indianapolis Colts, Paul Toviessi was taken early in the draft by the Denver Broncos. Two years ago Albert McClellan ended up with the Baltimore Ravens, and this past season in the second round, Vinny Curry was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to that quartet, B.J. Cohen parlayed his Marshall playing career into a very successful run in the Arena Football League as he played both offense and defense.

Rakim Peters stands 6'2", and weighs 224 pounds. Peters plays at Apalachee High School in Winder Georgia where he has seen his recruitment pick up in the previous weeks. Peters is currently a 2 star defensive end and is ranked number 105 by at his position.

Marshall recently offered Peters. Peters lead recruiter is Offensive line coach Geep Wade. Peters currently has over 20 offers. Others who have offered are Western Kentucky, Clemson, UCF, Troy, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Purdue.

Peters anticipates playing defensive end at the next level.

Peters is still early on in the process and is still doing his research on the schools who have offered. He is interested in the Herd and would be up for a visit. He has not ruled out Marshall as a potential landing spot for his college services.

Peters said, "I was very excited and I could not believe it because I always wished to be a football player," when asked about his feelings upon getting his first college offer to play football. He said some of his strengths that he will bring to the field are, "his ability to move around and play multiple positions."

Marshall will have some depth this season along the interior part of the defensive line, however the defensive ends could be thin to start the season. Expected starters should be Junior Jeremiah Taylor and Alex Bazzie, with sophomore Ra'Shawde Myers providing back up help at both spots. Joe Massaquoi could also see some time along with Malcolm Strong. There has been talk of current linebacker Armonze Daniel moving to the defensive end position, however he stayed at linebacker throughout spring camp.

Marshall brought in one true defensive end with the 2012 recruiting class in Marcus Gilchrist, who changed his commitment from Florida International to Marshall late in the recruiting season. The Herd also landed Gary Thompson from Helix High School in La Mesa, California who could play either linebacker or defensive end.

Clearly depth at defensive end will be something that the staff will be looking to build over the next couple of classes.

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