A Look at Recruiting Needs

Although Marshall is setting at two wins and four losses, there is still a sense of excitement in the air. Marshall has suffered three heart wrenching losses to teams with very good records. That still does not make it any better, and moral victories do not count, however, the team is playing well at times. That excitement just goes to make off weeks seem longer than the 14 days it actually is.

The first part of this week saw the Herd get a couple days off which allowed the coaching staff to get out on the recruiting trail to find players to lead the Herd to future CUSA championships. As Head Coach Doc Holiday has said multiple times, "I am only looking at players that will help Marshall win championships." This has been apparent as he has brought in some of the top recruiting classes in school history the past three years.

So, as we wait until game week to approach, lets take a look at the roster, and what the coaching staff will be losing and could be looking at replacing.

First off the senior class, the ones that are on scholarship anyway. Marshall will only have eight scholarship seniors ending their career this season. According to my math, the Herd is currently carrying 83 scholarship players, with 85 being the limit. Each season, each school is permitted to bring in 25 new scholarship athletes. Any player who has been with the program for at least two years will only count against the overall 85, and not the yearly 25.

Ok, in saying that, lets take a look at the players Marshall will be losing.

Aaron Dobson – Dobson of course is the Herd's number on wide receiver. Through 6 games, Dobson has 42 catches for 483 yards and two touchdowns.

Antavious Wilson – Wilson is third on the team in receiving, with 32 catches for 390 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Andre Booker – Another wide receiver. Booker currently has 8 catches for 91 yards, he is also the primary kick and punt returner for the Herd.

Devin Arrington – Arrington starts at outside linebacker. Currently, Arrington has 42 tackles and one interception which he returned for a touchdown.

Okechukwu Okoroha – Okoroha, in his only year with the Herd is second on the team in tackles with 59 from his safety position.

Dominck LeGrande – Another one year player, along with Okoroha, both transferred from Boston College. LeGrande, another safety, leads the team in tackles with 69. He has one interception and 3 tackles for loss.

John Bruhin – Sixth year player who starts at right guard along the offensive line.

Martin Ward – Back up running back, and special teams starter.

So, in conclusion, Marshall loses 5 players on offense and three on defense.

The Herd should have 10 scholarships to play with for the upcoming class, however, as we have seen each and every year, attrition will set in at some point for someone. An average of three players have left each year. That would leave Marshall with the ability to bring in 13 players or so on the low end, not counting incoming academic non qualifiers.

Currently the Herd has four early commitments, lineman Cody Collins, Gerald Wright, and Michael Selby, and quarterback Kevin Anderson.

Academic non qualifiers and/or grayshirts from the 2012 class include Deyonte Henderson, Gary Thompson, Tyler Combs, Josh Brown, Corey Tindall, and Kent Turene. Two other players are rumored to be non qualifiers as well. That would take up as much as six to eight of the available 13, not counting the four who have already committed.

As you can see, this could be a very small recruiting class, and recruiting activity could be fairly light over the next couple of months, unless Holliday elects to go heavy on non qualifiers.

The 2013 senior class will total nearly 20, so there is a chance that many of the commits between now and February will be non qualifiers counting towards next years class.

Basketball Reminder: Thundering Herd Madness is tonight at 8pm at the Henderson Center. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5. Come earlier for the Volleyball game and that same ticket will get you in to both games.

Conference USA Notes: Tulsa beat UTEP last night at home 33 – 11 to move to 6 – 1 on the season. That could quite possibly be the first 33 – 11 score I have ever seen.

Tulane Travels to SMU trying to pick up its first win of the year.

UAB travels to Houston.

ECU hosts Memphis.

Rice plays future CUSA member Texas San Antonio at home.

Southern Miss travels to UCF for a 8pm kickoff on CBS College Sports.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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