With three tackles graduating, Jordan Jefferies, Garrett Scott and Gage Niemeyer, and another one leaving the program, Corey Tenney, it is no wonder the coaching staff is looking for offensive tackles who can step in and help the team out.
Last year the Herd signed guards and centers, primarily. Michael Selby was signed as a guard but is now the second string center already. Cody Collins, Tyler Combs and Gerald Wright, who went to prep school first, are the other guards that were signed out of high school in 2013.
One of the highest rated offensive tackles that the Herd is looking at is highly regarded Marcus Applefield. Applefield is a very tall, very athletic lineman who gets rave reviews on his agility and how quick he is on his feet.
Quickness is not something associated with offensive tackles who stand 6'7" tall and weigh in at 280 pounds, however, that is not the case for Applefield. Applefield runs a 5.01 forty yard dash.
Applefield is interested in Marshall, and has an offer at this time. His lead recruiter is Coach Mirabel, the current offensive line coach who has strong ties to the South Florida area. Applefield plans on playing left tackle at the next level.
Applefield is a three star recruit per the Scout.com recruiting network. He is rated the 36th best tackle in the country at this time. He currently plays at Weeki Wachee High School in Florida.
Applefield currently holds a plethora of offers from BCS schools across the country, which include, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Rutgers, USF, Syracuse, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
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