Marshall Gets Late Commitment

Commitments can come at any time to football programs across the country. Typically a commitment that comes in the last week of July is for the following years class. That is not the case with a commitment that the Thundering Herd picked up late last week.

Jerome Dews was originally set to head to the University of Tennessee. Things changed at some point and Dews opened up his recruitment.

Marshall stayed with Dews throughout the process, and this “loyalty” is one of the reasons why when it came time to choose his destination, he chose to continue his career with the Thundering Herd. Dews was a highly sought after outside linebacker from Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The three star prospect is the 72nd best outside linebacker in the nation according to

Dews had multiple offers out of high school. Those included Tennessee, Wisconsin, Purdue and Ohio.

Dews lead recruiter at Marshall was running backs coach Chris Barclay. Barclay stayed with Dews throughout the process. Dews finally decided to visit the Marshall campus this past weekend. Dews loved everything that he saw and experienced while on his visit.

In addition to the coaches loyalty towards Dews, he also enjoyed the fact that, “the coaches were very cool. They have a plan to make every kid who comes through the program successful. My visit was great, and I got to see the indoor practice facility which was great.”

Dews expects to play, “outside linebacker and rush end,” when he arrives at Marshall. I asked Dews who he compared his game to, and he said that he plays a lot like Clemson defensive end, Vic Beasley.

When asked about when he will be reporting to campus and if he will be playing this year, Dews replied, “Yes, I will be reporting to Marshall on Saturday. I am playing this year.” Dews said the coaching staff was very excited to hear his commitment.

I asked Dews what Marshall was getting when he gets here, he said, “Marshall is getting a player who is willing to do anything to help this program dominate. They will be receiving an underdog with a chip on his shoulder.”

Dews could slide into the outside linebacker rotation with Stephan Houston, Neville Hewitt, Evan McKelvey and Raheem Waiters, or he could move to defensive end.

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