Marshall Has 22 Letters of Intent Wednesday

By Noon, February 4, Marshall University football had received 22 Letters of Intents from future members of the Thundering Herd, beginning at 7:01 a.m. this morning with linebacker Matt Pickett and lineman Alex Schooler. Football picked up two huge letters today when quarterback A.J. Graham chose MU over K-State and Illinois, while Quanthony Fletcher choose the Herd over Colorado State.

Graham was Florida's State Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound QB is ranked 27th in the nation as a dual threat, runner and passer, by, but reported Graham was first and second a passer, running only when forced.

Fletcher, who reportedly had offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Purdue and UCF. Fletcher narrowed his list two finalists over the weekend; Marshall and Colorado State and chose the Herd in front of an assembly of classmates at Dr. Krop H.S. in Miami, Fla. Fletcher had 148 tackles, six sacks, and three forced fumbles as a senior, and also holds a 2.8 grade point average and has already scored 26 on the ACT College Entrance Test.

Two of the top recruits in the Mountain State sent in their letters before 10 a.m. Huntington's C.J. Crawford, who could play a multitude of postions, and South Charleston's Aaron Dobson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound receiver with 4.5 speed, both are going to wear green and white next season for the Herd. Crawford played quarterback, running back, H-back and receiver, along with defensive back and returns, for the Highlanders and stands 6-foot-2, 200-pounds and ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Dobson led the Black Eagles to the AAA State Championship with a 14-0 team.

Eight of the 22 letters came from Florida players. Andre Booker, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound, is a running back with 4.4 speed. He had offers from USF and West Virginia. Donald Brown is a linebacker from Frostproof High School and was a Class 2B All-State linebacker. Brown had offers from WVU, USF and Arkansas. Another Florida player is outside linebacker Phil Walker, who is 6-foot-1, 210-pounds from Weston Cypress Bay H.S. Walker helped lead his team into the second round of the playoffs during the 2008 season with 73 tackles and 17 quarterback sacks. He reportedly had offers from Syracuse, Tulsa, Middle Tennessee State and three Mid-American Conference schools, Northern Illinois, Akron and Central Michigan.

The Herd collected more Sunshine State signees when Belle Glades (Fla.) Glades Central H.S. player Cartavious Baldwin sent in his letter at 7:20 a.m. He is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety who had an offer from Troy of the Sun Belt Conference. At 10:10 a.m., Marshall also got the letter from cornerback Monterrious Lovette from Tallahassee (Fla.) and Rickards H.S. Right about that same time, the Herd got a letter from defensive end Marques Aiken, who is 6-4, 230-pounds from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. and Boyd Anderson H.S.

Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg H.S. linebacker Trevor Black sent in his letter at 11 a.m.. A fellow Tar Heel State standout is Drew Stewart, an All-North Carolina, 6-foot-2 kicker from North Gaston High School. He is expected to be a walk-on this August for MU pre-season practice, with a chance to earn a scholarship down the road.

One of the first to fax in their letter was North Carolina linebacker Matt Pickett, who is 6-foot-2, 206-pounds with a 3.7 grade point average. Pickett also had an offer from Elon of the Southern Conference and is from Providence H.S. in Charlotte, N.C. Also from N.C. is wide receiver Michael Rhynes, also from Charlotte. He is 6-foot-5, 202-pounds and has 4.6 speed. He had an offer from another SC school, and former Herd foe, Appalachian State, located in Boone, N.C.

The offensive line picked up a couple of letters early. Alex Schooler was one of the first to get their letter in, coming to MU at 7:01 a.m. Schooler is 6-foot-5, 245-pounds and has a 2.9 grade point average. He was offered by Army, Air Force and North Texas. Oswego (Ill.) offensive tackle Jordan Jeffries, who is 6-foot-7, 298 pounds, showed up just after 7 a.m. Jeffries also has a 3.8 grade point average and a 29 on the ACT. Next up was Lithonia (Geo.) Martin Luther King H.S. lineman Darrell Martin, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle came in just before 11 a.m.

Showing up near 7 a.m. was Roanoke, Va. Craig Co. H.S. lineman Corey Tenney, who is the biggest lineman of the class - 6-foot-9, 265-pounds. He was offered by James Madison, and former MU assistant and current Dukes head coach Mickey Matthews, and had recently attracted some interest by the University of Virginia, but not an actual offer. Also from the Commonwealth of Virginia was defensive end James Rouse, the first of the Herd's early commitments during the 2008 season. Hi is 6-foot-5, 206-pounds, has 4.6 speed and was offered by FCS teams Richmond, Liberty and JMU. Rouse, who had a total of 19 sacks over the past two seasons, told Harrisonburg media his final three choices were Virginia Tech, James Madison and Marshall.

The Buckeye State, MU head coach Mark Snyder's home state growing up in South Point, Ohio, and playing for the Ironton Tigers, produced two players. Zakee Bashir is a 6-foot, 209-pound lineback, comes to Marshall from Ohio State country, playing at Columbus' Walnut Ridge H.S. He had an offer from the MAC's Toledo Rockets, where former MU assistant Paul Nichols was hired in the off-season as co-defensive coordinator. Also from Ohio is 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle Colton Griffis from Sunbury Big Walnut H.S. Griffis has a 3.5 grade point average.

Previously, Marshall signed junior college quarterbacks Press Taylor and Jacob Laudenslayer. Also signed was receiver Wayne Bonner from Scooba, Miss, who is 6-4, 210-pounds and a three-star rated player who will report at Marshall in June. Signing again today with the Herd is three-star running back Troy Evans, who is taking classes at Laney College in Oakland, Calif. but will join the Herd in June also. Previously re-signed was Jamal Wilson, who committed to the Herd in Feb. 2008, but didn't qualify. He rejoins the Herd for 2009.

Here is this year's 2009 Recruiting Class:
Time Letter Arriv. Player Position Hometown

7:01 a.m. Matt Pickett LB Charlotte, N.C.

Matt Pickett courtesy of

7:01 a.m. Alex Schooler OL Wichita, Kan.

Alex Schooler courtesy of

7:01 a.m. Corey Tenney OL Roanoke, Va.

7:02 a.m. Jordan Jeffries OT Oswego, Ill.

Jordan Jeffries

7:20 a.m. Cartavious Baldwin CB Belle Glades, Fla.

7:26 a.m. James Rouse DE Harrisonburg, Va.

7:30 a.m. Colton Griffis DT Sunbury, Ohio

Colton Griffis courtesy of

7:30 a.m. A.J. Graham QB Tallahassee, Fla.

7:45 a.m. Zakee Bashir LB Columbus, Ohio

Zakee Bashir

8:30 a.m. Troy Evans RB Oakland, Calif. (Juco)

8:43 a.m. Michael Rhynes WR Charlotte, N.C.

Michael Rhynes courtesy of

9:00 a.m. Quanthony Fletcher LB Miami, Fla.

Quanthony Fletcher courtesy of

9:20 a.m. Andre Booker RB Sarasota, Fla.

9:30 a.m. Donald Brown CB Frostproof, Fla.

9:36 a.m. C.J. Crawford WR/DB Huntington, W.Va.

C.J. Crawford

9:45 a.m. Aaron Dobson WR So. Charleston, W.Va.

10:10 a.m. Monterius Lovett Defensive Back Tallahassee, Fla.

Monterius Lovette

10:10 a.m. Monterius Lovett DB Tallahassee, Fla.

10:22 a.m. Phil Walker LB Weston, Fla.

Phil Walker

10:47 a.m. Darrell Martin OL Lithonia, Ga.

Darrell Martin

11:00 a.m. Marques Aiken DE Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Marques Aikens courtesy of

11:00 a.m. Trevor Black LB Charlotte, N.C.

Trevor Black courtesy of

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