Marshall football announces 2013 recruiting class
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:02
The Marshall football program announced its 2013 recruiting class Wednesday, welcoming 29 new players to the team. They include 12 players that are already enrolled in school, meaning they will be available for spring training.
In Head Coach Doc Holliday’s third recruiting class, he and his staff focused on several positions, including wide receiver, offensive line and, particularly, the defensive front seven.
“With the way offenses are going in today’s world, you have to be able to create pass rush with your four down lineman without having to blitz,” Holliday said. “We went hard at getting that done.”
The Herd was able to land recruits that received offers from much larger programs, such as Kansas State, Clemson, Maryland, Alabama and West Virginia.
Coaching turnover, like the Herd had this offseason, can often derail a recruiting class.
“To be honest, I was nervous at one point,” Holliday, who came to Marshall as a highly regarded recruiter, said. “That’s why I think it’s so important for the head coach to be involved with every kid so if that kind of thing happens you are in a position to go in and get it done.”
Coach Holliday continues to make use of his connections in Florida, bringing 13 players from the Sunshine State to the Mountain State.
Holliday said the addition of former FIU assistant coach Alex Mirabal and two conference games against FIU and FAU in Florida next season helped recruiting in that area.
Super Bowl XLVII also helped the Thundering Herd. Coach Holliday said he reminded all of his recruits that four former Marshall players were on the field in the Super Dome last Sunday.
“You want kids with dreams. I always tell them that my job as a head coach is that, four years down the road, you walk out of Marshall University with a diploma in one hand and an NFL contract in the other,” Holliday said. “A lot of people say, ‘Doc you shouldn’t talk like that,’ but I have extremely high expectations and standards, and I want kids who have that dream.”
Rivals.com ranks Marshalls recruiting class as the top non-BCS class and first among members of the new-look Conference USA.
“I think it means we’re on the right kids, we’re getting the right kids,” Holliday said. “But what counts is what happens when they get here and step on that field.”
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