College Careers Begin for These Six

Marshall University started it spring semester yesterday Morning. Each spring semester fans and coaches watch each morning to see if potential recruits not just enrollee at Marshall, but show up and begin classes as was expected.

At one point, Marshall expected to have as many as six to seven recruits arrive on campus to start their college careers. The final number ended up being six. Demetrius Johnson, a recruit from 2014, was the final one to fall off, as reported by early last week.

The following recruits have been confirmed on campus:

Wide Receiver Raylen Elzy – Elzy is a 6’4” wide receiver from The Atlanta Sports Academy. Elzy will be eligible to practice this spring and could make an impact on the depth chart at the wide receiver spot. At his size, he would be projected as an outside receiver. Currently those spots are manned by sophomores to be Angelo Jean Louis (21 catches for 490 yards and 6 touchdowns),and Deontay McManus (26 catches, for 422 yards and 6 touchdowns). The Herd also returns Senior wide out Davonte Allen who ended the year with 22 catches for 544 yards and 4 touchdowns. Allen missed multiple games due to injury but when he was on the field he was a big time play maker. Another potential outside receiver is Junior Justin Hunt. Hunt, also injured in 2014, ended with 7 catches for 119 yards.

Damien Dozier – Dozier is a 6’3.5 inch, 213 pound defensive end/outside linebacker from Lynchburg, Virginia. Dozier is rated two stars and had originally committed to Virginia Tech but was unable to enroll at the school early. If he factors in at the defensive end position, he could see early playing time given the senior departures of Arnold Blackmon and Ra’Shawde Myers. Dozier could join young sophomore Jerome Dews as guys who could see action behind experienced players in Gary Thompson and Armonze Daniel.

Marquis Couch is a three star linebacker from talent rich Miami Central High School in Miami, Florida. Couch attended the same school as Marshall players Rakeem Cato, Tommy Shuler and Donaldven Manning as well as fellow recruit, offensive lineman Jason Jean who will report in the summer. Couch is the 40th best linebacker in the south. He is 6’0”, and 200 pounds which should land him at an outside linebacker position. That spot is currently led by senior D.J. Hunter. Depth at this spot will be crucial to the Herd’s success on defense in 2015. Couch should be able to step in and play right away, especially given the fact he will spend this spring semester with the program, and participate in spring drills.

Chase Litton – Litton is a tall, lanky quarterback who did not play this past fall. Litton was able to enroll early and actually participate in Bowl preparation practices. Litton will step in immediately and battle Gunnar Holcombe, Cole Garvin and Michael Birdsong for the starting quarterback spot vacated by senior star Rakeem Cato.

Reese Wooten – Wooten is on campus and ready to begin his college career. It is unclear whether or not he will be eligible to participate in the spring, or wait until after the fall semester of 2015 before gaining his eligibility. Wooten is a wide receiver with a ton of speed. He was a member of the 2014 recruiting class but eligibility issues prevented him from attending Marshall in the fall. He did however attend Milford Academy in New York.

Emanuel Byrd – Byrd is a tall tight end from Georgia Military College. At 6’3”, 225 pounds he is built similar to Gator Hoskins. Byrd could step in and play early and often with the youth at the tight end position. Eric Frohnapfel has graduated leaving sophomore Ryan Yurachek, freshman Kaleb Harris and Senior Joe Woodrum on the roster.

Spring camp is still a couple months away, but National signing day is three weeks from tomorrow.

Which recruits will sign on the dotted line and join the recruits above this summer.

Stay tuned to to find out.

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