Marshall Hosts 2 Hoops, 3 FB Recruits Sunday

Two basketball prospects from Riverside Community College in Riverside, California visited with Marshall coaches after the Herd returned from its Saturday contest at Princeton. Guard Mookie Pierre and guard Emmanuel Jones were scheduled to arrive Sunday evening at the MU campus. Three football prospects were also scheduled to visit Huntington this past weekend.

In football, defensive tackle Serge Elizee, safety Jordan Delegal and linebacker Paul Stefanik were scheduled to visit the Herd football staff over the weekend.

For Marshall basketball, Pierre and Jones are the leading and third-best scorer on California's No. 1-ranked community college, undefeated at 12-0 to start the season. Pierre is a 6-foot-4, 195 pound sophomore, originally from Watkins Mill High School in Gaitherburg, Md. He is leading Riverside in scoring at 14.8 points per game and is shooting 51 percent from the floor. He also averages 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and has recorded seven steals. Pierre has 61 rebounds from either the point or shooting guard, including 29 on the offensive end. He has 32 defensive rebounds. He played one season at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. He redshirted last season at Riverside and reportedly committed to UT-Chattanooga early in the fall, but has decided to look at other schools until the February signing day.

Pierre graduated from Watkins Mills in 2003, sat out one year, then averaged 20 points per game at Montgomery-Rockville in 2004-05. He then sat out in 2005-06 at Riverside. According to Pierre's mentor Walter Ray, academic uncertainties at Montgomery-Rockville precluded him from playing in 2005-2006. Ray, who has successfully provided college exposure for hundreds of student-athletes through his organization EGOS, Inc., shared recently with i95Ballerz.com, a recruiting web site. "I ran into him this summer, and he said he wasn't playing anywhere". Ray immediately invited Mookie to open gym competitions. It is these informal settings, in concert with Ray's Larry Williams Games and the travel teams he puts together, that not only solidifies the participant's skills, but creates an evaluative platform for coaches from four year and junior college institutions. "I took them to the Ken Littlefield Tournament in Atlanta, and everybody wanted to know who he was." Pierre eventually chose to attend Riverside Community College in Riverside, California because as he recently put in a phone interview with the web site, "It's a good program."

Jones is a 6-foot-6, 195 pound sophomore originally from South Vance High School in Henderson, N.C. He is third on the team in scoring at 11 points per game and 5.2 rebounds. He is second on the team with 16 steals on the season and has two blocks and averages nearly one assist per game. He is shooting 46 percent from the field and 31 percent from three (5-for-16). The Community College League of California Commission on Athletics (COA), in partnership with the California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA) named Jones the COA Student Male Athlete of the Month for November 2006. He was shooting 50.7 percent from the floor to lead Riverside to its best start in over 30 years for Coach John Smith.

Pierre was the MVP of the 16-team Wells Fargo California Community College Holiday Tournament, which Riverside won, while Jones was named to the All-Tournament team.

Elizee is a 6-foot-1, 298 pound defensive tackle from the College of the Sequoias in California, while Stefanik is a 6-foot-1, 215 pound middle linebacker from Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City, Penn. He is rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com. Elizee is originally out of Miami's Coral Reef High, and holds offers from Washington State, SMU, Marshall, New Mexico and three other schools could be on the verge -- BYU stopped in to talk last Monday, Louisville comes by for an in-home or at-school visit next week, and Minnesota has also ramped up their recruiting efforts recently.

"Basically it's about education...I'm looking at education first," said Elizee, who is leaning towards a degree in Business. Elizee said he does not have a frontrunner. "I think they're all pretty good, right now all of them are basically equal," he said. "I'm just going to look at each and every one of them and make sure I make the right decision when I do choose." The thing that sets Elizee apart, according to Andy Siegal, assistant coach at College of the Sequoias, is a tank of gas that seemingly never runs dry. "His ability to go 100 miles per hour for four quarters is just unbelievable," said Siegal. "Serge just has a great motor," said Siegal. "He has solid academics and is really a strong character kid."

Elizee has three-to-play-two at the next level and as a mid-year transfer wrapping up his AA degree in a few weeks, can sign with a school as early two weeks from Wednesday. It remains to be seen if he'll do so with a pair of visits under his belt, or if he'll take his recruiting into the New Year. The early signing period runs from Dec. 20 to Jan. 15. Elizee played in only six games in '06 according to the Commission on Athletics official site, logging 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks among his 17 sticks, forcing one fumble and picking off one pass. Siegal said his stats belie his ability to force the issue, open things up for the rest of the defense and that he's the kind of player every coach wants in his locker room."

Scout.com also was reporting a Marshall visit for Stefanik, who is hoping to build a little momentum on his recruitment. In addition to his offers from Marshall, Towson, Temple and Kent State, Stefanik is hearing from several other schools. "I (have) a lot of interest from Pittsburgh, Akron, Cincinnati, Indiana, Syracuse, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Penn State," Stefanik said to Scout.com. Stefanik also holds an 830 SAT score.

Stefanik stood out in 2005 for Penn Trafford with 78 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and 2 touchdowns. Through five games in 2006, he registered 64 tackles and four sacks. He registered 18 tackles in a big upset over Seneca Valley in September.

Delegal is a former N.C. State signee who is from Madonna, Florida originally. He is a 6-foot-1, 200 pound strong safety who played at Chaminade-Madonna High School. The Herald-Dispatch reported on Sunday Delegal made a visit to Marshall on this, the final weekend of recruting before a "dead" period begins through the bowl games which will end Jan. 8 with the BCS Championship game between Snyder's former boss, Jim Tressel and his Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Florida Gators from Glendale, Arizona.


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