Defensive Tackle Solid In Commitment

Marshall's 2013 defense should feature a veteran interior defensive line that returns multiple starters who have seen time in many large venues. However, three of those defensive tackles are seniors and will be playing the last of their eligibility this coming season. Naturally, the Herd coaching staff will be on the look out for replacements.

Defensive tackle is a position that most non BCS schools sometimes have trouble getting young players who can step in and play right away, however, in June, the Herd received a commitment from a rising senior in Miami that may well buck the trend. Ja'Ree Tolbert is a ultra strong, 6'2", 265 pound tackle looking forward to a big time senior season.

Tolbert committed to his lead recruiter, Alex Mirabel, last month, and when I caught up with him again this week, he reiterated that he is completely firm in his commitment. He said the choice to pick Marshall was an easy one. " Committing to Marshall came some easy. They have a pretty nice criminal justice program and have some interesting traditions and most of all love the game of football."

Tolbert is a two star tackle according to Scout.com. Tolbert had offers, and was interested in Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Appalachian State, Toledo and Southern Illinois. He has not visited Marshall, but is looking forward to visiting soon. He will be attending Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida this upcoming season.

Marshall will be losing seniors James Rouse, Brandon Sparrow and Ken Smith in addition to would have been senior Marques Aiken who transferred to Cincinnati for his senior year. Marshall will return Steve Dillon, Jarquez Samuel and Josh Brown.

Tolbert is one of eight early commitments for the Herd staff. Others include, wide receivers Reese Wooten and Alex Cason, quarterback Cole Garvin, offensive lineman Caleb Rimes, safeties Hyleck Foster and Keion Davis and tight end Ryan Yurachek.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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