Running Back Commits to Herd

Marshall is putting together one of its best seasons in school history. The Herd started football in 1895, moved up to the FBS level in 1997, and since that time has only made it to 11 – 0 one time, and only twice in school history. They try for the third time this Saturday at UAB.



With the College Football Playoff committee seemingly ignoring everything the Herd is doing on the football field, it appears that recruits around the country are not.

Since Doc Holliday’s arrival, the state of Florida seemed to be the main point of recruiting interest, that however seems to be changing. That was never more apparent than this past weekend when the Herd welcomed highly regarded three star running back Devonte Williams to campus for an official visit.

Williams is from the state of Maryland. After his visit, he verbally committed to the Herd. He told Herdhaven.com in an interview that one of the reasons was to come and play with some other guys from his area, namely Maryland Transfer Shawn Petty, wide receiver Deontay McManus, and defensive end Jerome Dews. Williams is from The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland.

Williams, rated the 145th best running back in the country chose the Herd following his visit. Williams had previous offers from Buffalo, Hawaii, Indiana, Temple and Toledo among others.

Williams is a fast back with good power. He stands 5’10” tall and weighs 170 pounds.

As mentioned in the article leading up to his visit, the running back position seems to be a point of interest for the coaching staff this off season. This should primarily be due to the fact that the Herd will graduate its top three running backs after the 2015 season. Devon Johnson, Remi Watson and Steward Butler will all enter next year as seniors.

Williams joins scat back Devin Weems as running backs currently committed to the Class of 2015. Williams was originally set to visit Marshall when Old Dominion came to town back in October, but plans had to be changed.

Coach JC Price is Williams lead recruiter.

I asked Williams about his visit to Marshall. “I had a great visit. I got to meet the staff and the players and see what gameday at Marshall was all about. I met pretty much all the players but it was good seeing a lot of guys from Maryland like Petty, Dews, and McManus.”

Williams said his favorite part was the game day atmosphere and getting to learn all about the tradition at Marshall. “I also really enjoyed the fans.”

Williams was very excited over his commitment, as was his family. “They told me how excited they were for me and told me that they will be at every game.”

Williams plans on playing running back at Marshall and is currently hoping to be enrolled in June.

Williams said, “I loved how unbelievable the staff and the people of Huntington are. It is a special place and they play a great brand of ball. The people of Huntington and the Herd are winners. The game day atmosphere was crazy and a I cannot see myself ever wanting to be anywhere else.”

Williams season has ended, they won the IAC championship for the third time in four years. He does not play any other sports, “just football, its my only love.”

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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