Marshall Gets Commitment

The class of 2014 is still a very early work in progress. Typically, Marshall fills up the bulk of their recruiting class late in the early, and right up until the last few days before signing day. Each year, there is those few players that commit early, and work to help the Herd recruit throughout the season.

Last year it was offensive lineman Cody Collins, Gerald Wright and Michael Selby. Who will fit that bill this season?

Marshall starts off its list of 2014 commitments with another offensive lineman. Senior to be, Caleb Rimes, from LaBelle, Florida, is a large interior offensive lineman, who has announced that he is planning on coming to Marshall to continue his football career. Rimes is a large, and strong 6'3", 305 pounds. He recently one the power lifting championship, having a raw bench of 390 pounds and a 330 pound clean and jerk.

Marshall will lose multiple lineman this season to graduation. Gage Niemeyer, Garrett Scott, Garrett Scott, Alex Schooler, and Jordan Jefferies will all move on after this season. Coach Doc Holliday has said multiple times that keeping the offensive line depth chart fully loaded is a top priority. This trend continues early this season with Rimes' commitment.

Rimes' lead recruiter is new coach Adam Fuller, however, he often has stayed in contact and has been recruited by offensive line coach Alex Mirabel.

In addition to his Marshall offer, Rimes was also offered by Florida International, South Alabama and Tulane.

Rimes first visited Marshall over his spring break. He plans on visiting the Huntington campus again on June 17th. As long as things stay as they are now, Rimes expects to enroll and begin taking classes this January.

In the meantime Rimes will enjoy his senior season at LaBelle. I asked Rimes what he thought of his team this upcoming season, and he said, "I feel good about our team. We have a lot of younger guys but they will work hard. I think we will be competing for the district championship. And we will be making it to the playoffs, which is a main goal of ours."

I asked Rimes what all he liked about Marshall, and he said, " it has a relaxed atmosphere with class sizes that aren't huge, is thick in history, founded in the early 1800s and a long history in football and I know it's what I want to be a part of. Another big thing is the town is a huge support to the football team which is great!"

Rimes clearly had a relationship with Coach Mirabel prior to Mirabel coming to Marshall which played a part in his arriving in Huntington, there were other reasons however. "I feel like I am a good fit for the team and can contribute and make an impact right away. I love the coaches and think i can compete to start my freshman year."

In closing I asked Rimes to tell me something very few people know about him. "A lot of people don't know, but I used to participate in local rodeos when I was younger (around 5) I rode sheep in a race and barrel race! I was a little cowboy!"

Rimes prefers to go by Caleb, although he answers to Josh and Joshua.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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