Marshall Inks GMC Safety

Marshall Head Coach is always recruiting. Today Marshall held its annual Green and White spring scrimmage. There were several high school prospects on campus. In the midst of the weekend, the Herd received a letter of intent from one of the few remaining Junior College Safeties.

Marshall’s coaching staff spent Saturday afternoon wrapping up the final of 15 spring practices at the Herd’s annual Green and White game. That was probably all they had going on, right? Not exactly, in addition to several high school juniors making unofficial visits to the Huntington campus, the Herd coaching staff received a signed letter of intent from a safety who spent last year at a school in Georgia which has been producing quite a few green and white standouts in recent years.

Georgia Military College standout safety committed to Marshall on Saturday. He signed his letter of intent, and will enroll at Marshall this offseason.

Corey Neely attended Georgia Military College this past season and had an excellent year. The 6’0”, 190 pound safety ended the season with 91 tackles. He also picked off three passes, forced a fumble, recovered three fumbles, scored a touchdown and had 10 pass break ups. Neely picked Marshall over several southern schools.

Herdhaven caught up with Neely today to discuss his decision to come to Marshall. “I just loved the scenery, and the coaches, and the players. I just really liked the overall place.”

I asked Neely what it felt like to finally know that he would be continuing his career playing the game that he loves so much. Neely said, “It was great. I prayed for moments like this to continue my dreams. I am just glad that Marshall University took a chance on me.”

Marshall currently has two all conference safeties, however, they lack depth at the position. Neely should be able to come in and compete right away with former four star Kendall Gant, and Tiquan Lang behind current starters A.J. Leggett and Taj Letman.

One of the things most valuable in regards to Neely, in addition to his overall ability is that he will have three years to play two, and he is eligible right away.

Neely knows current Marshall tight end, Emanuel Byrd, who has had an excellent spring. He also knows the 2014 CUSA defensive player of the year, Neville Hewitt, both players played at Georgia Military College.

Neely’s lead recruiters were Marshall wide receivers coach Mike Furrey and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Todd Goebbel.

Neely is fully aware of the history of Marshall University, from the tragic plane crash of 1970 to the success and accolades of Chad Pennington, Randy Moss and Byron Leftwich. He had one message to Herd fans, “lets go win another championship and get things started.”

Stay tuned to Herdhaven as we continue with up to the minute recruiting updates.

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