Four Late Signees Are Surprise For MU Football

On this, the first day for newcomers (freshmen and JUCO transfers) at the Marshall football offices, four players appeared that caught our attention. Meet the four new Marshall football players that you've never heard of. But will, very soon.

And we're not talking about walk-ons here, either. No, these are full-pop players. Two are true freshmen and two are JUCO transfers. Marshall coach Bob Pruett's staff welcomed a total of 35 new players today at the first day of orientation.

Defensive back Curtis Keyes

Curtis Keyes is a true freshman from Mize, Mississippi. The 6'1", 186 pound defensive back brings to the table some very impressive physical abilities. 8 tackles and 1 interception in this summer's Mississippi North-South All-Star game are Keyes' calling card.

(Look for our exclusive interview with Keyes elsewhere, here at

Newcomer number two is offensive lineman Jessie Saito, a junior college transfer from Fremont, California via Chabot Junior College. Saito is 6'3" and 305 pounds, and Marshall offensive line coach Mark McHale has Saito pegged at the guard position, behind Steve Perretta.

"He can pull, he's 300 pounds, has a square body," McHale said of Saito. "We'll probably put him right there behind Perretta."

Nafi Williams is a 6'1", 240 pound true freshman defensive end from Montclair, New Jersey.

Jason Schroeder is the fourth and final newcomer, and is a 6'2", 212 pound wide receiver from Vacaville, California via Solano Junior College.

Stay tuned to as we cover the first practice for the newcomers on Tuesday and Wenesday of this week!

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