When you are looking at replacing two starting offensive lineman, and one reserve offensive lineman after Senior Day, you better hope your recruiting class has plenty of replacements in it. That is the primary reason, along with several juniors on the depth chart, that the Class of 2016 already has five offensive line commits, with another big target making an unofficial visit this weekend to watch the Herd take on Norfolk State at The Joan at 330pm.
Tyler Fannin, a 6’3”, 290 pound offensive guard/center from Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Georgia is a regular Marshall legacy. His father, John Fannin, played for the Herd in the mid 80’s, earning “letters” in 1986 and 1987. Tyler says he has been visiting Marshall for games and just to see campus since he was just three or four years old.
“I love Marshall, not just for its amazing facilities but for the incredible people, the town, and the special tradition that has always been a part of my family. I just love the tradition and excitement of game day now, and hearing AC/DC and then the We Are Marshall chant.”
Fannin wants to continue his career at a place where he can study communications or Sports Management.
Fannin attended camp at Marshall over the summer and was very impressed with the campus, the program and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal. “Coach Mirabal thinks I can play all three positions. He thinks I can pass block at all three positions even though I think my current strength is my ability to run block.”
Fannin is currently starting at center for Mill Creek after playing guard last season. “Mirabal likes players that will be able to rotate and play each position.”
Marshall at one point was recruiting Fannin’s brother, prior to him electing to go to Conference USA mate, Middle Tennessee.
Marshall currently has five offensive line commits to the class of 2016, Alex Salguero, Tarik Adams, Will Ulmer, Alex Mollette, and Sean Behrens.
Marshall is set to lose seniors Sebastian Johansson, Clint Van Horn and reserve Tom Collins after this season, and starting center Michael Selby after the 2016 season. Offensive lineman are indeed a priority for the Herd with this class.
Marshall will welcome two official visitors this week.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.