Marshall has had a history of excellent tight ends over the past thirty years. Mike Bartrum, Eric Inhat, Gregg Kellett, Jason Radar, Cody Slate, Gator Hoskins, and Lee Smith just to name a few. Currently the Herd has two that will most likely be added to this list over the years in Emmanuel Byrd and Ryan Yurachek.
Yurachek is more of an H back who can move out into the slot and has excellent hands. Byrd will graduate this season , and Yurachek will have one more year. It should come as no surprise that the coaching staff is on the trail for the next tight end at Marshall.
A couple weeks ago Marshall received a commitment from a 6’2.5” , 225 pound tight end out of Ashburn, Virginia. Ben Maffe attends Briar Woods High School and runs a 4.82 forty.
Maffe was recruited heavily by Marshall defensive line coach Sean Cronin. He plans on coming to Marshall and playing the tight end/H Back position. Maffe had multiple offers from around the country which should show his excellent work in the classroom. He held offers from Navy, Army, Fordham, Harvard and Yale just to name a few.
Maffe was asked what made him choose Marshall, he said, “I chose Marshall because I already have a good relationship with the coaches and it is a college town atmosphere with great people. When I visited I got to see how awesome campus was and how big it was. I knew Marshall was crazy for the sport of football and knew they had a winning atmosphere.”
Maffe said he was excited to get to campus and “win a lot of games.” “Some of my strengths are my speed for my size. People underestimate my speed because of my size but I am a very versatile player and will go up and fight for the ball.”
Maffe expects his high school to have a very good season this year. Last year Maffe had over 400 yards receiving with over 40 catches. He also rushed for over 200 yards.
Maffe brings the total number of 2017 commitments to five joining, Janiero Crankfield, Isaiah Green, Brevin Harris and Kyron Taylor.
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