Marshall's class of 2006 marks the first recruiting class for head coach Mark Snyder and features four offensive linemen, four defensive backs, four linebackers, three running backs, three wide receivers, two defensive ends, two defensive tackles, two tight ends, a quarterback, and an athlete that hail from 10 different states. "I believe our coaching staff did an outstanding job throughout the recruiting process targeting speed, toughness, and athleticism. We filled our needs on offense, defense, and special teams," Snyder said. "We believe these young men are not only good football players, but first class individuals that have bought into our mission statement and will represent this University well."
Biographical capsules on each signee follow in alphabetical order.:
Brian Anderson, QB, 6-3, 190, Male H.S., Louisville, Ky. - Rated as the No. 10 overall player and No. 3 quarterback in Kentucky by Rivals.com ... helped Male to a 10-2 record and the second round of the 2005 Kentucky Class AAAA State Playoffs ... passed for 2,700 yards and 24 touchdowns with only four interceptions as a senior ... threw for more than 2,900 yards and 24 scores as a junior in 2004 and 1,978 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2003 ... coached by Bob Redman ... scored a 29 on his ACT ... also recruited by multiple Big 10 schools.
Antwan Booker, LB, 6-1, 240, Auburndale H.S. (Fla.) - Named first-team Class 4A All-State as a senior and second-team All-State as a junior ... coached by Bob Williams at Auburndale, the same school that produced current Marshall player Chubb Small ... rated as one of the top linebacker prospects in Florida by several recruiting services.
Brandon Campbell, OL, 6-5, 305, Friendly Sr. H.S., Ft. Washington, Md. - Played both guard and tackle at Friendly ... posted a 3.4 high school grade point average ... in two seasons allowed only one quarterback sack ... also recruited by Connecticut, Rutgers, and Maryland.
Josh Evans, OL, 6-4, 315, Fayetteville H.S. (W.Va.) - A first-team Class A All-State selection at Fayetteville ... coached by Frank Spangler ... a North-South All-Star ... considered one of the top collegiate prospects in West Virginia ... received recruiting interest from North Carolina State, West Virginia and Wake Forest.
Ashton Hall, DB, 5-10, 183, Camden County H.S. (Ga.) - Recorded more than 100 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries for touchdowns as a senior at Camden County ... also added two blocked punts and had 5 touchdowns from the running back position ... rated as a three star player by Scout.com ... recorded a 10-11 broad jump, 39-inch vertical, and a 4.5-second 40-time at the Jacksonville Scout Combine ... also recruited by Vanderbilt, UCF, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.
Mario Harvey, LB, 6-0, 220, Hargrave Academy (Va.) - A native of Forsyth, Ga. ... rated as the No. 30 prep school player in the nation by Rivals.com ... 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.
Michael Janac, DT, 6-4, 250, Pearl Cohn H.S., Nashville, Tenn. - Versatile athlete ... helped his football team to a 9-3 overall record and a second round berth in the state playoffs ... coached by Maurice Fitzgerald.
Aaron Johnson, DB, 5-11, 190, City College of San Francisco (Calif.) - Helped the City College of San Francisco, one of the premier junior colleges in California, to a 10-2 record and a berth in the state championship game in 2005 ... played for head coach George Rush ... CCSF ranked third in the state in team defense allowing only 235 yards per game last year.
Josh Johnson, LB, 6-2, 235, Georgia Military College - Has been timed with a 4.56 second 40-yard dash ... ranked as the No. 37 junior college prospect by Rivals.com ...ranked as the No. 9 linebacker in the country as a high school senior in 2004 by Scout.com ... signed with the University of Georgia out of Stephenson high school before spending the 2005 season with Georgia Military ... recruited by multiple SEC schools, including Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina.
DeMorris Kilow, RB, 6-2, 202, Carroll H.S. (Ala.) - A Class 5A first-team All-State selection ... was the MVP of the Max Emfinger All-American Game, a national all-star game held at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., and led the East team in rushing ... rushed for 1,805 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior and set a single game school record with 321 yards ... helped head coach Ronnie Cottrell's Carroll High squad to an 8-4 record in 2005 ... also received recruiting interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, East Carolina, UAB and Southern Miss.
Howard King, LB, 6-2, 193, Seabreeze H.S., Daytona Beach, Fla. - An All-Volusia County selection ... played linebacker and defensive end in high school ... posted 59 tackles, including 9 for loss as a senior for head coach Marc Beach ... recruited by Indiana, among others.
Darius Lewis, RB/LB, 6-0, 215, Ironton H.S. (Ohio) - Rushed for 1,477 yards and scored 21 touchdowns as a senior ... helped Ironton to a 10-3 record a berth in the regional championship game in 2005 ... rushed for more than 1,300 yards on 165 carries (7.9 ypc) and scored 16 touchdowns as a junior ... Lewis was named the Southeast Ohio Division IV District Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and a junior ... was a two-time first-team All-State selection ... coached by Bob Lutz, who coached Mark Snyder at Ironton.
Josh Long, DE, 6-5, 242, Fort Myers H.S. (Fla.) - A First-Team All-Area selection ... ranked third in sacks in Florida's 5A-District 12 with seven in nine games as a senior ... Long was also fifth in tackles in District 12 of Florida's highest classification with 93 total stops, 31 solo, for an average of 10.3 tackles per game ... helped Fort Myers to a perfect 9-0 season ... recruited by Florida State and North Carolina, among others.
Bryant Milligan, WR, 6-1, 185, Glenville H.S., Cleveland, Ohio - Listed as the No. 47 top prospect in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com ... a standout performer at traditional Ohio high school power Glenville ... received recruiting interest from many schools including; Iowa, Maryland, West Virginia, Indiana and Toledo ... coached by Ted Ginn, the father of Ohio State standout Ted Ginn, Jr.
Richard Nelson, DT, 6-3, 260, Dwyer H.S. (Fla.) - A standout at Dwyer High School (Fla.), the same program that produced Marshall's 2005 Defensive Most Valuable Player, cornerback Willie Smith ... a two-way player ... he helped anchor an offensive line that produced 344.3 total yards a game and was a standout on the defensive line ... selected to play in the Outback All-Star Game as a defensive tackle ... recruited by Minnesota and Wisconsin, among others.
Darius Passmore, WR, 6-3, 180, College of the Sequoias (Calif.) - Has been timed with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash ... led all California Junior College receivers with 18 touchdowns in 2005 ... rated as a four star recruit by Scout.com ... rated as the No. 8 junior college receiver in the country by collegefootballnews.com ... His college choices included Arizona State, Kansas State, Oregon State and Washington State ... a native of Homestead, Fla.
Kevin Perry, DB, 5-10, 162, Bob Jones H.S. (Ala.) - 2005 All-Region 8 6A football team selection and an All-Metro Huntsville first team selection ... led Bob Jones in tackles with 75 total and 48 solo stops in 2005 .. has a strong weight lifting background ... broke up five passes, force three fumbles, and recovered three fumbles as a senior ... also a three year letter winner in tack and an all-metro and region triple jump champion ... received recruiting interest from Tulsa, UAB, Memphis and Southern Miss.
David Redick, TE, 6-4, 235, Cave Spring H.S., Roanoke, Va. - An All-0Group AA selection ... caught 22 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns en route to earning all-district and All-Region 3 honors in 2005 ... helped Cave Spring to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the Region III Division 3 final ... Redick is the younger brother of Duke University basketball standout J.J. Redick ... Redick is also the fourth of five children in his family to receive a Division I athletic scholarship. His older sisters, twins Cate and Alyssa, played basketball at Campbell University ... received recruiting interest from Virginia and Virginia Tech.
DeNathian Robinson, DB, 5-10, 161, Phoebus H.S., Hampton, Va. - Ranked as the No. 19 player in the state of Virginia in Rivals.com's Virginia Pre-season Top 30 ... also received recruiting interest from N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Ohio ... a first-team All-Penninsula District selection at defensive back and wide receiver ... signed with Marshall along with his high school teammate Aaron Ward.
Chad Schofield, OL, 6-4, 320, Strongville H.S. (Ohio) - Rated as the No. 38 prospect in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com ... a three-year starter on the offensive line for one of Ohio's largest schools ... an all-county selection for head coach Russ Jacques ... also recruited by Pittsburgh, Miami (Ohio), Ohio State, and Illinois, among others.
Cody Slate, TE, 6-4, 225, Hargrave Academy, Chatham, Va. - A native of Chipley, Fla. ... rated as a Top 50 Prep School prospect and three star player by Rivals.com ... one of Hargrave Academy's leading receivers in 2005 ... currently enrolled and will participate in spring practice ... has been timed with a 4.5 second 40-yard dash ... also recruited by Clemson, Illinois, and Virginia.
Travius Thompson, WR, 6-2, 165, Boyd Anderson H.S. (Fla.) - Caught 10 passes for 185 yards and was one of the top sprinters in his region with a 100m time of 10.7 seconds and a 200m time of 22.3 seconds as a senior ... his 40-yard dash time has been recorded at 4.47 seconds ... recruited by Louisville, Nebraska and Kansas State.
Josh Tillman, FB/DE, 6-3, 245, Colonial White H.S. (Ohio) - A standout two-way player at Colonel White high in Dayton, Ohio ... played both fullback and defensive end ... a second-team all-district selection ... rushed for 800 yards and 22 touchdowns ... defensively, recorded 15 tackles and four sacks with one fumble recovery last season.
Erik Vint, OL, 6-4, 275, Magna Vista H.S. (Va.) - Selected first-team all-district on offense and second-team all-district on defense ... boasts a 4.09 high school grade point average and scored 1,280 on his SAT ... also competes on the Magna Vista wrestling team ... rated as a Top-40 prospect in Virginia by several recruiting sources ... an All-Timesland and All-State pick.
Aaron Ward, QB/ATH, 6-3, 175, Phoebus H.S., Hampton, Va. - A standout quarterback at Phoebus H.S. that has been timed with a sub-4.7/40-yard dash ... a first-team Daily Press All-Star selection after throwing for 1,389 yards and rushing for 795 yards as a senior ... high school teammate of fellow Marshall signee DeNathian Robinson.
Kirby Watson, RB, 5-6, 197, Mainland H.S. (Fla.) A four-year starter at Mainland that helped the school to a state championship in 2003 ... named second-team Class 5A all-state as a linebacker ... rushed for just more than 400 yards and was forced to play linebacker for part of the season due to injury ... received recruiting interest from Minnesota and Louisville, among others.
Spring football starts March 28, with the spring game on April 22. MU will practice at Charleston's Laidley Field on April 9. The 2006 opener is at Morgantown against West Virginia.www.Herdzon