Pruett and staff signed three quarterbacks (one a junior college transfer from the always-tough Southwest Junior College Conference), two linemen, one running back, three defensive backs, and two linebackers. "We'll just have to wait to see what kind of players these signees will be when we get them on campus in August," said Pruett in a press release today.
Here's the official Class of 2002;
Jarrett Baisden Line 6-4 280 Huntington, WV/Spring Valley HS
Adam Black QB 6-6 195 Knox, PA/Keystone HS
Ivan Clark WR/DB 5-11 180 Amelia, VA/Amelia County HS
Randall 'Seth' Cook Line 6-5 278 Gilbert, WV/Gilbert HS
Graham Gochneaur QB 6-4 210 Kilgore, TX/Kilgore College
Charles Hall WR/DB 6-0 170 Jacksonville, FL/Ed White HS
Dane Holland OLB 6-2 205 Lexington, KY/Lexington Catholic HS
Chris Royal WR/DB 5-11 190 Herndon, VA/Fork Union Mil. Academy
James Skinner QB 6-4 192 Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe HS
Dennis Thornton OLB 6-0 200 Spotsylvania, PA/Hargrave Military Academy
James 'Tank' Tunstalle
James "Tank" Tunstalle RB 6-1 205 New Richmond, WV/Wyoming East HS
"It went a little smoother than we could have expected," said Marshall recruiting coordinator Bill Legg on Herd Insider's Thundering Word radio show on WRVC AM 930 on Wednesday afternoon. "A lot of help goes into that from the other coaches on the staff. It's a team effort."
Legg went on to address that Marshall recruited tightly this year based on the limited number of scholarships available. The small number of scholarships available was due simply to the fact that the Herd only graduated a handful of seniors from the 2001 GMAC Bowl-winning squad. "We felt like we needed to bolster up our secondary with some quality athletes, and we felt that we did that," Legg said. "We felt like that we needed to get some quality quarterbacks for the future."
""We targeted some very specific needs in recruiting this year and we thinks we accomplished our goals," Pruett summed up. "We are excited about the new players we have coming in, but we are also excited about the players we have returning from last year."