Junior College Linebacker Set to Arrive

Marshall’s numbers at linebacker this spring are lower than in the past. The Herd has just four linebackers in spring practice who saw game action last year, another linebacker who sat out last year as a transfer, and a sixth scholarship linebacker who enrolled early after graduating high school.



Of the four linebackers returning, Evan McKelvey had his season shortened due to injury. The three others returning are Raheim Huskey, D.J. Hunter and Stefan Houston. The transfer is Shawn Petty, and Marquis Couch enrolled early.

For a full breakdown of the linebackers, read the story here Linebackers: Then and Now

It should come as no surprise that the Herd reached out to the Junior College ranks to grab a linebacker that could come in and play immediately. Marshall received a late commitment and finally a letter of intent from Iowa Central star Middle linebacker Devontre’A Tyler, to be known through the rest of this article as Tre Tyler.

Tre Tyler is a 6’ 245 pound middle linebacker built very similar to past middle linebackers for the Herd such as Jermaine Holmes and Mario Harvey, and similar to current linebacker Shawn Petty.

Tyler was asked how his final season at Iowa Central turned out and he said, “it went pretty good, I ended the year with 86 tackles and a bowl win.”

Tyler is very excited to get to Marshall. He expects to get into town on May 12th. He stays in constant contact with the Herd coaching staff, most notably his lead recruiter and future position coach, Adam Fuller. Fuller is over the linebacking corp for the Herd.

He was first told about Marshall by his high school head coach Matt Egloff. He also learned about Marshall through his family. Tyler’s cousin, Ty Tyler, is a three star linebacker from the state of Florida. Ty was one of the first commitments for the class of 2015, and he held true and signed with Marshall on signing day. Ty once told Herdhaven that he was so solid in his commitment to Marshall that he didn’t even have a senior highlight tape made to send out to other schools.

Tre is very excited to play with his cousin again, he said, “I am very excited to play with Ty. I haven’t played with him since my junior year in high school.” He also said his family was very excited for them to be playing together. Tre said, “we are very close.”

Tyler said he was most impressed about Marshall’s “campus, coaches and tradition.” When asked what he was looking for the most about playing at Marshall, he gave a simple, yet powerful one word answer, “winning.”

Stay tuned to Herdhaven as we catch up with more of the class of 2015 as they prepare to begin their careers at Marshall University.

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