Florida Standout Close to Decision

Doc Holliday and his staff started their tenures at Marshall University recruiting anywhere that would make the Herd a championship contender. Ultimately, that saw the Herd really hit the Sunshine start early, and often. That is still the case this season, with some extra emphasis on the state of Georgia.

Markel Winters is a senior defensive end from James Richards High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Last weekend he made his second of three official visits to the Marshall campus. Winters was offered by the Herd earlier in the year and was looking forward to getting up to Huntington to check things out.

Winters is a 6'2", 230 pound rush defensive end. When asked what his strong suit was, Winters quickly replied, "I am a strong pass rusher." Two seasons ago the Herd struggled outside, as virtually no one was able to get pressure on the quarterback. That changed last season when senior Alex Bazzie, senior to be Rashawde Myers and sophomore to be Gary Thompson made big impacts.

Bazzie and fellow senior Jeremiah Taylor are now gone, and Myers is a senior this season along with senior Arnold Blackmon. Developing depth and the future at the defensive end position is an obvious hot button for the Herd in the coming years.

In addition to Myers, Blackmon and Thompson, the Herd also returns Miami transfer Ricardo Williams and Armonze Daniel.

Winters is a two star defensive end with a fast motor. Winters spent his senior year getting after the quarterback and brings a strong skill set and good size to whatever school he chooses.

The schools to offer Winters thus far are, "Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Georgia State and a few other." However, Winters has it nailed down to three, Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic and Marshall.

Winters has already visited Marshall and Middle Tennessee and is set to make a decision after he visits Florida Atlantic.

Winters lead recruiter for the Herd is defensive line coach Sean Cronin. When asked what he most liked about Marshall at this time, Winters replied, "I like their football program and of course, their academic program. "

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates on Winters and other recruits across the nation.

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