MU Football Adds Five More Verbals

Marshall football has added to the first class of Coach Mark Snyder's staff as they have secured five more verbal commitments from recruits who visited Marshall over the weekend. That makes 19 future members of the Herd, along with three junior college players who entered school in January, plus a tight end from Hargrave Academy who will make it official in February but is already in class at MU, for the class of 2006 and year two for the Herd in Conference USA.

Marshall added two more verbal commitments on Wednesday, January 25, to the football recruiting list and both are from Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia and both visited MU last weekend. DeNathian Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 161 pound cornerback and Arron Ward, a 6-foot-3, 175 pound athlete became the newest additions to the players expected to sign with the Herd on February.

Robinson was the No. 19-ranked players among the Virginia Pre-season Top 30, according to the Rivals.com website and runs a 4.63/40-yard dash. He was also recruited by Ohio and Kent State. "(DeNathian) has got great work ethic and natural ability, a lot of kids I see have the talent, but don't always have the work ethic, but he does," said Phoebus head coach William Dee on the Rivals.com website.

Ward was a quarterback in high school and, like Robinson, and ran a 4.69/40-yard dash. Besides Ohio and Kent State, Akron had also expressed interest in Ward. He was given a two-star ranking by the Rivals.com website. These are in addition to the three verbal commitments from recruits last week.

Marshall last week also added linebacker Antawn Booker, who is 6-foot-1, 240 pounds from Auburndale High School in Florida. That is also the high school alma mater of MU's sophomore running back Chubb Small. Booker was first team All-State at Auburndale last season and before the season,= his coach called Booker the most dominate linebacker in the area over the last two seasons prior to 2005. Booker was timed at a 4.7/40-yard dash prior to his senior season, but has added an inch in height and dropped five pounds since then. He also played running back for Auburndale.

Commitment number two is defensive end Josh Long, a 6-foot-5, 242 pound defensive end from Fort Myers (Florida) High School. Long was an All-Area selection in Fort Myers. Long was third in sacks in 5A-District 12 with seven in nine games this season. Long was also fifth in tackles in the District 12 of Florida's highest classification with 93 total stops, 31 solo, for an average of 10.3 tackles per game for Fort Myers, who posted a perfect 9-0 season.

Commitment number three from last weekend's group is another athlete from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. Mario Harvey is a 6-foot, 220 pound linebacker who is listed as a three-star recruit by Scout.com, which reported other schools recruiting Harvey included Florida State of the ACC and the SEC's Georgia and Tennessee. Harvey ran a 4.35/40-yard dash at a recent Hargrave combine, posting a 4.26 in the shuttle and a vertical leap of 30.5 inches. He is a native of Forsyth, Ga.

Marshall already has in school three junior college players: WR Mike Bolio, defensive end Ryland Wilson and kicker Anthony Binswanger. Tight end Cody Slate, also from Hargrave, is attending classes and will sign with other on this list on National Signing Day, which is Wednesday, February 1. Those players and high school/junior college (state) include: Quarterback Brian Anderson from Louisville Male (Kentucky); lineman Chad Schofield from Stongville (Ohio); tight end Trevor Marcum from nearby Wayne (W.Va.); another local product in running back Darius Lewis, who played at Snyder's former school, Ironton (Ohio); fullback/defensive end Josh Tillman, Colonel White (Ohio); lineman Brandon Campbell, Friendly (Maryland); lineman Erik Vint, Magna Vista (Virginia); defensive back Ashton Hall, Camden County (Georgia); Kirby Watson, running back/athlete from Mainland (Florida); defensive back Kevin Perry, Bob Jones (Alabama); wide receiver Travius Thompson, Boyd Anderson (Florida); cornerback Aaron Johnson, San Francisco City College (California); tight end David Riddick, Cave Spring (Virginia); and wide receiver Daruis Passmore, College of the Sequoias (California).


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