Herd Adds Sixth Early Commitment For Football

Marshall football got a verbal commitment from a Florida all-state cornerback last week. David Gibson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back from FAMU High School in Tallahassee, Florida, committed to Marshall on Tuesday, October 18, according to FAMU HS head coach Ira Reynolds. Gibson chose the Thundering Herd over an offer from Oklahoma State and he canceled a visit to Florida after touring Marshall's campus.

"Marshall is all he's talked about since he visited," Reynolds told Anthony Hanshew of Huntington's The Herald-Dispatch. "He bypassed his visit to Florida, which surprised me, but he loved the campus, the players and the coaches (at Marshall). He was really impressed."

David Gibson fell one credit short of graduation last year as a senior. He later was diagnosed with a comprehension disability, which allowed Gibson to earn an extra hardship year. The disability is correctable through therapy and that Gibson approached a 3.0 GPA during the most recent grading period, according to school officials.

On the field, Gibson, who has been timed in the 4.3-second range in the 40-yard dash and could compete for a starting position in 2006 with Marshall. Competition will be wide open to replace outgoing starting Herd senior cornerbacks Willie Smith and Chris Hawkins. Last year, Gibson received offers from Oklahoma State and Iowa State of the Big XII Conference and interest from North Carolina of the ACC and East Carolina of Conference USA according to Chuck Landon of Herd Insider magazine.

Gibson has two interceptions this season and also plays quarterback for FAMU High School's "Baby Rattlers," who are 4-3, 3-0 in league play. They are preparing for Florida state playoffs with a 68-0 win on Friday, October 29, over Munroe County. FAMU HS rebounded from a 1-3 start to win three of their last five games. They finish the regular season this Friday against Arlington County Day School, out of Jacksonville, who is 0-6 on the season.

Gibson is the sixth commitment Herd football has received in 2005. With the most early commitments MU has had in nearly a decade, the Herd football team expects the following players to sign in February, with three commitments from the Buckeye State, Gibson from Florida and one each from West Virginia and Kentucky. Those players include fullback/defensive end Josh Tillman from Colonel White HS in Dayton, Ohio; Ironton (Ohio) HS Tigers running back Darius Lewis, playing at the high school alma mater of Herd head football coach Mark Snyder, a QB for the Tigers in the early 1980s; another local player in tight end/athlete Trevor Marcum, from nearby Wayne HS (W.Va.); Strongsville (Ohio) HS offensive lineman Chad Schofield; and Louisville (Ky.) Male HS quarterback Brian Anderson round out the early commitments for Marshall's recruiting class of 2006.

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