Marshall is set to head to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to take on Southern Miss in an enormous Conference USA game for the Thundering Herd. This week, Herdhvaen.com dives inside the recruiting numbers of the two CUSA schools to see how they compare.
The numbers are taken based on the starters listed on the Game Notes from each school heading into this weeks’ game. It is based on the stars each player received from scout.com.
This week’s breakdown:
Marshall again starts 22 players who, as a whole, are rated higher overall than their opponent. This week’s opponent being Southern Miss.
Marshall Overall Ranking Average – 2.41
Southern Miss Overall Ranking Average – 2.23
When comparing Marshall’s Offense to Southern Miss’s Defense, Marshall also wins the recruiting battle in regards to average star rating per player.
Marshall Offense Ranking Average – 2.45
Southern Miss Defense Ranking Average – 2.09
For the first time this season, one of the matchups does not go in Marshall’s favor, as the Marshall defense is rated equally to the Southern Miss Offense.
Marshall Defense Ranking Average – 2.36
Southern Miss Offense Ranking Average – 2.36
Here is a look at each team's starters.
Both schools often recruit similar players. Last year, Southern Miss received a commitment from a young wide receiver. The player visited Marshall right before signing day and ended up flipping to the Herd. His name is Brandon Rodgers and gained eligibility and is seeing some playing time as a true freshman. Coach Doc Holliday said last night on his call in show that Rodgers is earning his stripes on special teams and is moving up the rotation and could start to see more action.
Southern Miss has reeled in a couple players that Marshall was in on early. Most notably is former Florida State wide receiver Isaiah Jones. Jones was close to being ineligible out of high school and Marshall thought at one point they would receiver his letter of intent. He got eligible late, went to Florida State, then left to go JUCO, and signed and is starring for Southern Miss.
There is also a player currently committed to Southern Miss who holds an offer from Marshall as well.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.