Marshall University's football program has received 17 signed National Letters of Intent as ofnoon, Wednesday. The Thundering Herd is expected to sign additional players later in the day.
Player information and a capsule on each student-athlete is below:
Daniel Baldridge OL 6-9 265 Opelousas,La. Opelousas H.S.
Notes: An outstanding lineman at Opelousas H.S. this past season ... has great potential ... recruited by UCLA among others.
Zach Barnard QB 6-3 202 Owensboro,Ky. Owensboro Catholic H.S.
Notes: Connected on 283-of-430 passes (67% completion) for a state record 4,654 yards and 52 touchdowns as a senior ... was named the Class 2A "Player-of-the-Year" inKentucky... led Owensboro Catholic to the Class 2A State Championship Game ... threw for 8,124 yards and 87 scores in his prep career ... a finalist for "Mr. Football" in Kentucky.
Wesley Beardain QB 6-1 195 Winona, Miss. Winona H.S.
Notes: Passed for 2,872 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior ... also rushed for 410 yards and four touchdowns last season ... led Winonato a 10-3 record and the Class 3A quarterfinals in 2004 ... his 40 touchdown passes in 2004 were only two shy of the Mississippi state record ... passed for 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2003.
Zane Bruhin OL 6-6 319 Powell,Tenn. Powell H.S.
Notes: Started every game since the beginning of his freshman season at Powell ... a three-time all-state selection at guard that helped Powell to four state playoff berths ... son of former NFL player John Bruhin ... selected to the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game.
Ridge Corbin WR 6-2 220 Stone Mountain,Ga. Stone Mountain H.S.
Notes: honorable mention all-state selection and a first-team All-Dekalb County selection ... 37 receptions for 676 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... recruited by Wisconsin among others.
Dedrick Davis S 6-0 200 Lakeland,Fla. Auburndale H.S.
Notes: Athletic player who rushed for 700 yards and passed for 500 yards as a senior at Auburndale, while playing quarterback, running back, and safety.
Jerrell Edelen DT 6-3 307 Waldorf,Md. WestlakeH.S.
Notes: In just his second season of organized football, Edelen ledWestlakewith nine sacks and recorded 57 total tackles as a senior ... All-SMAC Southern Maryland first-team selection ... was recruited by Michigan State,Illinois, and Clemson among others.
John Jacobs LB 6-3 219 Broadway,Va. Broadway H.S.
Notes: A Group AA All-State Pick ... rushed for 2,181 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 77 tackles and three interceptions as a senior .... also recovered five fumbles en route to being named Valley District Player of the Year.
J.J. Johnson DB 5-11 177 Washington, D.C. St. John's H.S.
Notes: Intercepted seven passes and totaled 19 pass breakups as a senior ... also recorded 49 tackles, returned one interception for a score and blocked a field goal ... an all-conference selection.
Timmy Jones S 5-10 190 Horn Lake, Miss./Northwest Mississippi JC
Notes:Recorded three sacks and three interceptions for the Rangers last season…recorded 49 tackles en route to helping his team to a 7-3 mark…also averaged 21 yards per kickoff return and recovered two fumbles.
Wesley Jones OL 6-5 338 Brandon, Miss. Hinds (Miss.) C.C.
Notes: A standout performer at left tackle for Hinds ... was recruited by Georgia,South Carolina, and West Virginia following his senior season at Brandon High School.
Brian Leggett OL 6-2 285 Meridian, MS Meridian High School
Notes: Helped Meridian lead the state in rushing last season…recruited by Army and Troy among others…elected as Meridian's student council president…first team all-state selection.
William Lewis WR 6-4 210 Georgetown,Ky. Scott CountyH.S.
Notes: Caught 60 passes for 1,026 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... led Scott County High to the Kentucky Class 4A state championship game ... also played cornerback and totaled six interceptions ...caught 83 passes in his career for 1,351 yards and 14 touchdowns ... recruited by Kansas State,Colorado,Pittsburgh,Minnesota, and Kentucky.
Zearrick Mathews CB 5-11 175 Greenwood,S.C. Greenwood H.S.
Notes: Versatile athlete who saw action in only five games as a senior recording 400 yards rushing, 350 yards passing, and 200 yards receiving ... scored seven touchdowns in 2004 ... as a junior he passed for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in addition to rushing for 1,210 yards and 11 touchdowns ...received recruiting interest from Maryland,South Carolina,North Carolina, and Tennessee among others.
Paul O'Hara RB 6-0 220 Cross City,Fla. DixieCountyH.S.
Notes: Surpassed 4,500 yards rushing during his prep career ... and is ranked among the top prospects in Florida by several recruiting sources ... a two-time all-state (Class 2A) pick, in 2003 as a running back and in 2004 as a defensive back ... earned Class 2A State Player of the Year honors as a junior when he rushed for 1,973 yards and 27 touchdowns ... rushed for at least 1,200 yards in three out of four high school seasons ... recruited by Florida, LSU, and Maryland.
Carlos Rodriguez OL 6-5 300 Kissimmee,Fla. Osceola H.S.
Notes: A standout lineman that is a two time first-team all-conference selection ... first-team All-Central Florida... honorable mention all-state ... a three year starter at Osceola.
Brandon Souder LB 6-2 230 Carson,Calif. L.A.Southwest J.C.
Notes: A two-year starter at L.A. Southwest ... led the team with 101 tackles and eight sacks last season... won a strength trophy at Nike Camp ... received recruiting interest from Arizona and Arizona State among others.
Kelvin Turner RB 5-10 190 Danville,Ky. Danville H.S.
Notes: Rushed for 2,656 yards and totaled 43 touchdowns, including 36 rushing scores in 2004 ...Totaled 7,170 career yards with aKentuckystate record 116 touchdowns ... recruited by Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky among others.
Juan Underwood DT 6-3 294 Dayton,Ohio Pima C.C.
Notes: Totaled 107 tackles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns last season at Pima ... helped Pima to a #5 national ranking ... also recruited by Cal, Oregon State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Ole Miss, and Arizona among others.