Herd Hosts Five Recruits, Get DT Commitment

Cornerback Justin Footman, defensive tackles Delvin Johnson and Brandon Bullock, outstanding local running back B.J. Evans from Tolsia High School just outside of Huntington, and Jeremey Jones, a long-snapper from St. Albans H.S. in Kanawha County, W.Va., were all part of the final recruiting class to visit Marshall football this past weekend. Bullock has committed, according to Rivals.com Sunday.

Signing day is this Wednesday, Feb. 7. WDDG 93.7 FM, "The Dawg," will broadcast live throughout the day from the MU Shewey Athletic Center, starting at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., then carry the live press conference with MU head coach Mark Snyder announcing the 2007 recruiting class on The Dawg and ESPN Radio for the Tri-State, WRVC 930 AM, on the Insider Sportsline Show, at 4:30 p.m. that day. Rocky Smith, sideline reporter for the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network, will be joined by local recruiting experts and MU athletic officials during the day's broadcast.

On signing night, the MU Quarterback Club will host a National Signing Day dinner at the Pullman Plaza Hotel on Third Avenue in downtown Huntington. Snyder will talk about the class of ‘07 and show a video highlite of those players. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $12 per person. The event is open to the public.

Footman, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back from Lincoln High School (Fla.), gave Marshall a verbal early but listening to other offers and is considering Florida State. "Marshall is on top right now," Footman told The Herald-Dispatch's Anthony Hanshew last week. He runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and, as a junior, Footman finished with 66 tackles, three sacks, and two picks. His senior season, Footman totaled 100 tackles, 17 pass breakups and one interception. He was named Defensive MVP in the Taleco Bowl, a Florida high school all-star game, and likely will switch from safety to cornerback in college. Johnson, is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound tackle from Woodruff High School (S.C.) and Bullock is a 6-3, 305-pound run-stopper from Absegami High School (N.J.).

Delvin Johnson, shown here (No. 80) in the South Carolina Shrine Bowl practice, was one of two defensive tackles to visit the Herd on the last recruiting weekend (photo from scout.com's SCPrepNation.com/K. Fair).

Johnson, rated the nation's No. 86 defensive tackle prospect by www.scout.com, the national network of the Herd Insider (marshall.scout.com) appears to be a possible commitment for the Thundering Herd. He is also being recruited by Clemson, South Carolina and Tulsa from Conference USA. Johnson had 10 sacks, 68 tackles and two forced fumbles for the Region 2-AA champion Wolverines. He played in both the Palmetto State's Shrine Bowl and the Max Emfinger All-American game in Shreveport, La.

Bullock recorded seven sacks, 56 tackles and had four forced fumbles for a team that went 10-2 overall and played in the State Chamionship game versus Cherokee. He is being recruited by Rutgers, Purdue, Syracuse, Cincinnati, New Mexico State, N.C. State and the Herd.

Tolsia playmaker B.J. Evans was a Class AA all-state running back and led the Rebels to the state championship game. He finished second in the state of West Virginia with 195 points on the season and was second in the state in rushing with 2,188 yards. St. Albans long-snapper Jeremy Jones also visited the Herd this weekend. The Red Dragons were 6-6 last year, advancing to the second round of the WV AAA playoffs.

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