Catching up With Hernandez and Mitchell

Signing day took place in February, then Marshall fans got to watch and read about spring practice throughout March and April. Now May has arrived, the first of three consecutive months without Thundering Herd Football.

Herdhaven.com will be here to provide you with all the Marshall football info and stories you can handle, beginning today, as we have reached out to two incoming Marshall recruits to catch up on where they are today.

First up, highly regarded linebacker/safety Frankie Hernandez. Hernandez was one of the highest rated recruits in Conference USA's top ranked recruiting class. Hernandez signed as a 6'0", 210 pound linebacker out of Largo High School in Florida. I caught up with Hernandez earlier this week, and he is now 6'2" and 210 pounds. He signed as the 57th rated linebacker in the country and was rated three stars by scout.com.

I asked Hernandez how his offseason has been and if he had been able to visit Marshall since signing day. He said, "no, I haven't been able to visit yet. I have spent the entire off season working out on the field and working on my grades." Hernandez said he expects to be fully eligible this coming season as a freshman at Marshall.

Hernandez will be arriving in Huntington to begin his college career in June. I asked him if he noticed anything about the spring game. He said, "yes, I saw where Chand Pennington and Randy Moss were there, it was great how they lead by example."

Hernandez says that he plans on playing safety, as well as returning kicks when he arrives. He said, "I am looking forward to playing football at Marshall and enjoying myself in Huntington."

I also caught up with incoming offensive lineman Brandon Mitchell for a brief conversation.

Mitchell is a Junior College transfer from Pierce Community College. Mitchell is a 6'4", 300 pound lineman who projects at either guard or tackle. Mitchell was rated two stars by scout.com.

Mitchell is a long offensive lineman who is able to use his arms to compete along the offensive line. Mitchell said, "everything is still good, I keep in contact with Coach Mirabal, and have been keeping updated on their spring practices. I should be arriving in July, but no specific date yet."

Mitchell said he is very excited to come to Marshall to continue his football career. When asked specifically about his excitement he said, "of of course I am excited, I love Marshall University, and it is a great place to be."

Mitchell should add depth to an offensive line that has a solid starting five, but a lot of youth in the two deep depth chart. Mitchell could play at either tackle position behind Sebastion Johansson or Clint Van Horn, or at guard behind Michael Selby or Blake Brooks. Currently the second unit consists of, from left to right, A.J. Addison, Trevor Mendleson, Cody Collins, Cameron Dees, and Sandley Jean-Felix. Among those five players, only Dees has seen serious playing time, and that was two seasons ago due to injury.

Mitchell should have a great opportunity to work his way up the depth chart.

Back to Hernandez, he is a big safety. Currently, Marshall has two safeties over 6 feet tall in A.J. Leggett and Taj Letman, after that the size drops off with Tiquan Lang.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com throughout the next three months as we follow up with incoming players, as well as potential new signees.

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