Two years ago Marshall secured a commitment from a little known defensive back out of the state of Georgia named Antavis Rowe. Rowe was a lightly recruited two star small, speedy defensive back who could fly all over the field. He reported to Marshall that summer and began working out.
Rowe quickly realized that he was undersized and needed to do something in order to play. He went home for a summer break, worked out, returned to campus and on opening day, in Oxford, Ohio, he played nearly half the snaps on defense at the nickel position. It is not like he was playing on a team that had no talent, this was a nearly nationally ranked team expected to go undefeated.
Rowe ended last season 17th on the team in total tackles. He had 23 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass break up and 1 fumble recovery. His speed helped to put pressure on the quarterback when defensive coordinator Chuck Heater decided to send him.
Thus far this season, Rowe, playing in every game, is 10th on the team in tackles with 36. He has 2.5 tackles for loss, 6 pass break ups, 1 fumble recovery and his first career interception.
Two years ago, Marshall had a freshman playing a lot of nickel reps before starting the next season at corner, Corey Tindal. This year, senior Keith Baxter will be graduating, which will open up a corner slot next year. Will this be open for Rowe to move in and take? That could be the case, former wide receiver Rodney Allen will also be in the mix as he is a bigger, stronger option who has had an excellent year.
If Rowe gets the nod, whats next at the nickel position.
Marshall currently has a commitment from Hilton Head Island High School standout Jestin Morrow. Morrow is a three star athlete from the South Carolina school. His head coach BJ Payne has been known for coaching big time athletes, moving to South Carolina a few years ago from a football hot bed in Northern Ohio.
Morrow is rated the 5th best defensive back in South Carolina, and the 123rd best defensive back in the country. Morrow has camped at multiple schools including South Carolina. He ran a sub 4.5 forty at each camp. He stands 5’11”, and 170 pounds.
Morrow committed to the Herd back in June, and visited the campus in September. At that time he said he loved the facilities. “The facilities were great the last time I visited but not everything was done. This time when I went up the cold pools and everything was done and it looked perfect. I love the school and the fans were great. I loved how loud they got and how into the game they were.”
Morrow visited for the Herd’s first ever win over a Big 10 school, the season opener against Purdue.
Morrow’s season ended last week with a playoff loss in Myrtle Beach.
Morrow will be joined at Marshall by his teammate Jeremiah Maddox.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.