Herd Picks Up Fourth Commitment For FB

The lure of joining his brother and another former teammate from Powell High School in Knoxville, Tenn. proved to be irresistable for John Bruhin, who committed last night to sign with the Marshall Thundering Herd. John's brother, Zane, is a red-shirt freshman guard for the Thundering Herd and another former teammate at Powell, Lee Smith, recently joined MU after leaving the Tennessee program.

John Bruhin told knoxnews.com, "To get to play again with my brother is awesome." Bruhin is a 6-foot-2, 300 pound lineman who could play either offense or defense for Marshall. John Bruhin, whose father John, Sr. was an All-SEC lineman at Tennessee (1983-87) and then in the National Football League for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1988-91 as a guard before a shoulder injury ended his career, joins Lee Smith and his brother, Zane, as the Thundering Herd has started a bit of a Knoxville connection. Also a member of the Marshall team is lineman John Inman, from the Webb School, and punter Ian O'Connor, who played for Halls. New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington also played for Webb and his father and mother were coaches and taught at Webb.

John Bruhin had also received offers from Middle Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky. Powell is off to a 1-2 start to the season, losing to Webb 21-14, beating Lenoir City 21-6 and losing last week to undefeated McCallie 31-6. Powell will play Maryville, who is 4-0 to start the year, on Friday night. The Panthers then host Farragut and travel to South Doyle the following two weeks.

Bruhin joins three other commits for the Herd so far. Offensive lineman Micah Carter (6-foot-5, 330) from Beckley, W.Va. and Woodrow Wilson HS; cornerback Justin Footman (5-11, 185, 4.5/40) from Lincoln HS in Tallahassee, Fla.; and quarterback Chris Smith (6-3, 215, 4.7/40) of South Point (Ohio) HS. Scout.com has Smith and Carter as three-star recruits and Footman as a two-star commitment. Carter was also offered by Georgia Tech and has talked to Penn State, WVU and Maryland. Footman was offered by West Virginia and Illinois and talked with Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. Smith, ranked as the 99th-best player in the nation by Rivals.com's Prep Magazine, was also offered by the Mountaineers and spoke with Kentucky, Michigan State, Purdue and the Volunteers.


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