LonghornDigest hires two recruiting analysts

LonghornDigest is pleased to announce the hiring of a pair of recruiting analysts.

Both Josh Harvey and Mark Marion worked within the Scout network before taking their current jobs with LonghornDigest.

Harvey grew up in Pleasantville, a small town outside of Des Moines, Iowa. A three-sport athlete "75 pounds ago," Harvey played baseball, golf and basketball in high school, earning All-Conference honors in golf and baseball. He attended Bemidji State University, a Division II school (except for hockey, which is Division I at the school) in Northern Minnesota and made the golf team. But Harvey said he decided to forgo the sport to focus on Mass Communication.

In college he became the campus radio station's station manager, a post he held for two years while also serving as the play-by-play announcer for the school's football and basketball teams.

After graduating, Harvey worked for John Walters, the voice of the Iowa State Cyclones, at WOI-TV in Des Moines as an assistant to the sports department.

Since then, Harvey has worked for Scout.com for nearly 2 ½ years, first as the publisher of the TCU site, then most recently at PonyStampede.com, the SMU site.

Besides working at Scout, Harvey works at WFAA-TV Channel 8 ABC in Dallas, where he's a full-time sports producer and a WFAA.com Sports Reporter. Harvey has been married for five years, and his wife is an associate pastor. The couple lives in Fort Worth.

"It's truly an honor to be covering one of, if not the the best football team in the country," Harvey said. "I think that you will find my consistency to providing the site with content a major plus."

Marion grew up in Miami, Fla. as a fan of the Florida State Seminoles. But he also has ties to Texas. His mother attended school at UT, and she was a member of the Longhorn band.

Marion played varsity football for four years at Gulliver Prep, the same school attended by late Redskins safety Sean Taylor.

After high school, Marion attended Southern Methodist University, where he played on the soccer team for a year. Marion, who has lived in Dallas for the past six years, graduated from SMU in May with a journalism degree. He has been working alongside Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers.

"I'm very excited to be a member of the LonghornDigest staff," Marion said. "I've always admired the Longhorns football program and am honored to have the privilege of covering such a marquee program."

The duo will help to ratchet up the recruiting coverage on LonghornDigest, starting immediately.

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