Following the 2015 football season, the Thundering Herd will need to replace approximately nineteen seniors. Marshall will lose two wide receivers, three running backs, one defensive back, one defensive end, one safety, two linebackers, one punter, three offensive lineman, one long snapper, one tight end and three defensive tackles. The loss of the running backs and the defensive tackles will make those two positions a top priority this offseason.
Here is a list of the visitors expected to attend the Annual Green and White Spring Game:
Josh Johnson – Johnson has the potential to be one of the biggest names in the class. Currently unrated, Johnson completed his junior season at Opelika, Alabama with over 1200 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. According to scout.com reporters, Johnson has break away speed and when in the open field, not many people can track him down. Johnson currently runs a 4.46 40, but is running track this spring in the hopes of getting it down into the 4.3 range. Johnson currently holds offers from several schools, including fellow CUSA members Western Kentucky and Southern Miss.
Tarik Adams- Adams is a big 6’2.5”, 299 pound offensive lineman from Valdosta, Georgia. Valdosta has been a hot bed in recent years for the Marshall coaching staff. Last year, Jermaine Holmes, an all CUSA linebacker, graduated after coming to Marshall from Valdosta. Marshall currently has two players on the roster from Valdosta, Jarquez Samuel and Tiquan Lang.
Rodney Croom – Croom is a 6’3”, 228 pound defensive end from Cincinnati Ohio. Croom currently has multiple offers including offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville and Pittsburgh. Croom made an official visit to Louisville’s spring game earlier this month.
Jake Long – Long is a 6’1”, 180 pound cornerback from Hamilton, Ohio in Columbus. Long currently has offers from a few MAC schools including Ohio, Ball State and Miami of Ohio. Long’s stock is quickly rising as he begins to make the camp circuit throughout the summer months.
Marquis Hamilton – Hamilton is a 5’11”, 185 pound defensive back from the Washington DC area. He attends Ballou High School. The visits and most likely offers given to Hamilton and the aforementioned long will go along way in helping the Herd replace senior defensive backs Keith Baxter and Taj Letman, who both will graduate this coming December.
Sean Behrens – Behrens is another big, athletic offensive lineman out of the state of Florida. Marshall will lose three offensive lineman, Clint Van Horn, Sebastion Johansson, and Tom Collins. Behrens is a tough kid that has the make up to compete right away at whatever school he chooses. Behrens is 6’2.5”, 294 pound lineman who currently has offers from Army and Marshall.
Peyton Scott will also be visiting Marshall this weekend. Stay tuned for an updated bio on Scott here at Herdhaven.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven for further updates and follow ups to see how these visits went. Also, Herdhaven recently caught up with big offensive lineman Tarik Adkams, look for the story in the coming days.