New Class of Defenders Set to Arrive

As the season draws near, and commitments for the 2014 recruiting class roll in, its time to take a look back at the 2013 recruiting class. Most of these guys are already on campus, taking summer classes and working out with the strength and conditioning coach, Scott Sinclair.

Today we will take a look back at the defensive players who were a part of the 2013 recruiting class.

Michael Johnson – Johnson is a 5'10, 175 pound, three star defensive back from Booker T. Washington High School. Johnson was once committed to Florida State before signing with Marshall on signing day. Johnson is considered by many as the steal of the class. Johnson is already on campus and ready to go for the upcoming season.

Chocolate Wilson – Wilson is a 5'10", 162 pound three star, defensive back from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Wilson was highly rated, and a great get for the Herd, however, Wilson may have to set out his first year as an academic non qualifier.

Taj Letman – Letman is a three star safety from Holmes Community College. Letman is 6'3", 200 pounds. He is already on campus, he arrived in January. He participated in spring camp and by the end of camp was starting alongside D.J. Hunter at safety. Letman has the chance to be an excellent safety at Marshall. His lead recruiter at the time of his commitment said that had Letman played last season we may have had no shot at getting him, he is that good. Letman missed his second year of football at Holmes due to a hand injury.

Aaron Plantt – Plantt is a 6'1", 200 pound hyrid linebacker/safety from Hallandale High School . Plantt committed to Marshall and stuck to his commitment. He is already on campus and attending summer school. Plantt expects to line up at linebacker while at Marshall.

Tiquan Lang – Lang is a 5'10", 183 pound two star cornerback from Valdosta, Georgia. Lang joins Jarquez Samuel and Jermaine Holmes as Valdosta standouts currently on the Herd roster. The staff loves how hard Lang plays and how hard he goes after the football.

Josh Brown – Brown was an academic non qualifier from last season who originally committed to Clemson. Brown is a 6'5", 280 pound defensive tackle from South Aiken, High School in South Carolina. Brown should step in and compete immediately with Brandon Sparrow, Ken Smith, James Rouse, Jarquez Samuel, and Steve Dillon at defensive tackle.

Stefan Houston – Houston, a two star PREP school linebacker from Fork Union Military Academy, committed to Maryland out of High School. Houston enrolled at Marshall in January and Is eligible to play immediately. He participated in spring camp and is an explosive linebacker who should step in and not only play, but start in the 2013 season. Houston is 6'2", 200 pounds.

Arnold Blackmon – Blackmon is a 6'2", 235 pound defensive end from Navarro Junior College. Blackmon's signing was crucial to the 2013 team as it is in need of defensive ends who are physically ready to play immediately. Currently, Marshall has Ra'Shawde Myers, Malcolm Strong, Alex Bazzie, Jeremiah Taylor, Marcus Gilchrist, Joe Massaquoi, and Armonze Daniel at the defensive end position. Only Bazzie and Taylor have significant experience.

Neville Hewitt – Hewitt is a 6'2", 215 pound outside linebacker from Georgia Military Academy. Hewitt should add some depth to the outside linebacker and/or safety position.

Gary Thompson – Thompson was a 2012 signee who was an academic non qualifier. He enrolled at Marshall and is now eligible for the 2013 season. He will be participating with the team in August, and expects a position change. Thompson came in as a safety who may move to linebacker with his near world class speed. Thompson, from Helix, High School in La Mesa, California now may move up and put his hand on the ground and play defensive end. He could be the speed rush end that the Herd has lacked for the last couple years.

Corey Tindal – Tindal, from The Atlanta Sports Academy, is a 5'10", 175 pound defensive back. He originally committed to Georgia, before coming to Marshall. He was eligible to participate in spring camp, and made a big splash. By the end of camp, the staff could not keep him off the field. He was starting at the nickel back position and was all over the field. Tindal should be able to hold onto that spot and have a solid career with the Herd.

Kent Turene – Turene was a highly regarded three start linebacker from The Atlanta Sports Academy. Like Tindal, he committed to Georgia, and like Kindall was not able to participate until this past spring. At 6'3", 240 pounds, Turene is the epitome of a middle linebacker. He had soared up the depth chart in spring until a mid camp injury sidelined him for the remainder of camp. Turene should be ready for fall camp, and should contend for substantial playing time.

The class, on the defensive side of the ball, filled a lot of needs, and filled them with a lot of highly regarded talent. Many of the aforementioned prospects should step in and play right away, with very few of them seeing redshirt seasons.

Stay tuned to for further updates, as well as a look at the 2013 recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball.

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