The biggest catch of the new commitments seems to be JUCO RB Earl Charles from Fresno CC in California. Charles is 5'11" 205 pounds who runs a 4.43 forty. Charles was a first team JC Gridwire All-American this past season when he ran for 1,578 yards and 19 TDs. Even more impressive was his average of 6.55 yards per carry.
Charles is originally from Brooklyn, NY and was MVP of the NY/NJ high school all-star game in 2001. His running style is described as a quick -slasher with speed. To keep in top shape in the off-season Charles ran on Fresno's track team, participating in the 100, 200 and javelin. Charles was recruited by Oregon State, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado and USC.
The second verbal commitment to the Herd was not really on anyone's radar screen when Marshall recruiting was mentioned. Frank Clayton is an athletic WR from Dunwoody High School in Dekalb Co. Georgia.
New Marshall WR Frank Clayton
Clayton is a 6' 185 pound WR who last year led Dekalb County in receiving with 50 catches for 919 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In an exclusive interview with Herd Insider, Dunwoody coach James Teter said of Clayton, "Frank can play right away. Period. He is a play maker."
"We never pass the ball much, but we had to because when you have an athlete like Frank you have to get him the ball. His yards after the catch is what makes him special," coach Teter told Herd Insider.
"Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss told us they would offer him after this semester, they wanted to see his grades first. But he got the grades early and made the commitment to Marshall. Memphis and Louisville had standing offers regardless of grades and scores."
In previous Hard Drive articles, we mentioned a surprise recruit that might be coming from the high school of Byron Leftwich and Giradie Mercer. That recruit is Terick Thomas a DB from H. D. Woodson HS in Washington DC.
Herd Insider has learned that Thomas is currently enrolled at Marshall and will begin practice in spring ball. Thomas was a 1st team all DC-1AA selection as a senior. He is also a very accomplished track person as well. Thomas has run the 100-meter dash in 11.31. Thomas possesses the type of speed that Herd coaches demand from the secondary. It is this type of speed that sets Marshall apart from all other MAC schools.