MIB Notes

The class of 2014, for now, is wrapped up with a nice little bow on top. Coach Doc Holliday, Todd Hartley, and the rest of the Marshall staff put together the number one class in all of Conference USA and the fourth best class in any of the non Automatic qualifier conferences.

Marshall finished behind only, South Florida, Western Michigan and Cincinnati. That would have put them second in the old school, non BCS conferences, behind only Western Michigan. It has been a long hard year for the Marshall coaches and staff, let's take a look at some notes from this class.

First a look at the highest rated in the class, per the Scout.com ratings and rankings:

Kendall Gant – The safety who had originally committed to Georgia, comes in with a four star rating and a ranking as the number 13 safety in the class.

Nathaniel Devers – The center who had originally committed to Cincinnati before flipping to the Herd, comes in with a three star rating, and is the number 17 center in the country.

Kaleb Harris – Like Devers, Harris originally committed to Cincinnati. He flipped to the Herd on signing day and is rated three stars. He is also the number 54 outside linebacker in the country.

Francisco "Frankie" Hernandez – An early commit to the Herd and a former South Florida target, the Largo High school standout is rated three stars by scout.com. He is also the number 57 outside linebacker in the nation.

The four players above, along with their ranking, aided the Herd to a dominate rankings victory within the conference. Marshall finished with 1,221 total points. The second place Hilltoppers from Western Kentucky finished with 792 points, and Middle Tennessee State finished in third with 731 points. For an example of how the points are tallied refer to the post pinned on top of the Marshall Insiders Board.

By first glance, it looks as if Marshall took 13 offensive players and 13 defensive players. However, after listening to the coaches talk, there will be some position changes which will make this class end at 15 offensive players, and 11 defensive players. Keep in mind this article does not include the two transfers who are a part of this class, in Ricardo Williams and Donaldven Manning.

Ryan Bee, although listed as an offensive lineman, will play along the defensive line.

Keion Davis, listed as a safety will play running back.

Hyleck Foster, listed as a safety will play slot receiver.

Antavis Rowe – listed as a defensive back will be on offense in some capacity.

In the past four seasons, the state of Florida has been great to the Herd and Holliday. This season, Marshall pulled only 5 players out of the Sunshine state. The Herd however, made a huge impact in the state of Georgia. Below is a state by state breakdown:

Georgia – 9
Florida – 5
Virginia – 4
Ohio – 3
South Carolina – 2
Maryland, California and Massachusetts – 1 each

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further 2014 recruiting coverage as we come out with a run down of things the coaching staff had to say about the signees. Also a 2015 prospect who really likes what he is seeing with Marshall.

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