Marshall Gets OLine Commit

following the 2009 football season. One thing that Holliday quickly noticed was that the roster was made up of very few offensive lineman. The previous year, former Coach Mark Snyder had even made a comment that they were trying to recruit any offensive lineman that they could find.

Holliday made it clear multiple times that he felt the roster needed 15 scholarship lineman in order to practice and maintain depth. Going into this offseason, the Herd is down to just ten scholarship lineman. Of those ten, one is a former walk on, four are redshirt freshman with zero experience, one is a redshirt sophomore coming off a year in which he did not play, another redshirt sophomore who has never played, a true sophomore, and two returning starters.

This past weekend the Herd hosted two offensive lineman. One of which was High School prospect Jordan Dowrey. Dowrey is a unrated lineman from the state of Virginia. Dowrey attened John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia.

Dowrey is 6'2.5", and is now weighing 270 pounds. Dowrey said he expects to play in the interior offensive line. Dowrey visited Marshall unofficially for the ECU game and said that he loved the game atmosphere. Dowrey then made his official visit this past weekend. His host was true freshman offensive lineman Michael Selby. His lead recruiter was Coach JC Price, but he was in contact with Coach Alex Mirabel quite a lot as well.

Dowrey got home from his visit and decided he was ready to commit. He contacted Coach Mirabel to tell him the news. Dowrey said the first thing out of Mirabel was, "Welcome to the Family." Dowrey went on to talk about family saying, "that is what they are all about down there and I really like it."

Dowrey also said that he loved how close the offensive lineman were. He said, "it is a close group, and they focus on team first, and that is also something I really like."

Dowrey had other offers from Hampton, Richmond, William and Mary, and BCS school UCONN. He said that the visit for the ECU game was big, and he, "loved the atmosphere and the community." He really likes, "how the community supports the players and the football team as a whole."

Dowrey brings the current list of 2014 commitments to 14 for the Thundering Herd.

The breakdown of the returning lineman is:

Clinton Van Horn – Former walk on, will be a redshirt junior, started the last half of the season at right tackle.

Sebastion Johansson – Redshirt Junior who started at left guard each game of the 2013 season.

Tyler Combs – Redshirt Freshman

Sandley Jean Felix – Redshirt Freshman. Raw, but a ton of upside.

Cameron Dees – Redshirt Sophomore, played a lot as a true freshman before suffering an injury that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season.

Cody Collins – Redshirt Freshman

Chris Huhn – Redshirt Freshman, big tackle, suffered an injury in August causing him to miss the entire season

Chris Jasperse – Returning starting center, and will be a redshirt senior next season. Rumored to be moving to Right guard to replace departing senior Alex Schooler.

Eric Ansley – Redshirt Sophomore

Michael Selby – True sophomore to be. Played multiple games early in the season and not just in mop up duty. Rumored to be starting center next year when Jasperse moves over to guard.

The classes listed above are what each player will be in the 2014 season.

In addition to the aforementioned players, redshirt senior walk on Trevor Mendleson could see some action in the 2014 campaign.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven for further updates.

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