Marshall signs four on National Signing Day, adds to top-ranked recruiting class
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
Marshall added four signees on National Signing Day Wednesday, adding to the 16 recruits the Herd signed during the early signing period in December.
The Herd's recruiting class features two four-star recruits and 11 three-start recruits and is rated as the top recruiting class in Conference USA by Rivals.com.
"We are excited to add these young men to what we believe is an excellent class," Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said in a news release. "Securing the right personnel is key to building your football program and we've done that today."
On Wednesday, Marshall added a running back and three defensive linemen to its roster.
The first signee of the day was defensive lineman T.J. Johnson.
The 6 foot 6 inch, 240 lineman is from Southfield, Michigan and comes to Huntington from Independence Community College, which was featured on Netflix's 'Last Chance U'. At Independence, Johnson had 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks in just seven games.
Johnson is already enrolled at Marshall and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Coming out of high school, he was rated a two-start prospect and had offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, Purdue, and Miami, Ohio.
Marshall received its second National Letter of Intent of the day from running back Knowledge McDaniel.
McDaniel is a three-star prospect from Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla. The 5 foot 11 inch, 215 back was named the Bradenton Herald's 2017 Offensive Player of the Year.
Coming out of high school, McDaniel had offers from Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Missouri, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana, Duke, Cincinnati, USF, Southern Miss and UAB.
The Herd's third commitment of the day came from junior college transfer Esaias Carpenter.
Carpenter is a 6 foot 3 inch defensive lineman from Butler Community College in Kansas. Carpenter will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Coming out of high school, Carpenter was rated a two-start prospect and had offers from Akron, Jacksonville State, Chattanooga, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.
The final signee of the day was 6 foot 4 inch, 225 point defensive lineman Dante Walker.
Walker is rated as a four-star prospect and was previously committed to Arkansas.
He also had offers from Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
Huntington High running back Ty Wilcoxon also signed with the Herd as a walk-on.
In December, the Herd signed 16 newcomers during the new early signing period.
Here is a complete list of Marshall's early signees:
Micah Abraham | East Lake High School, Tamps, Fla. | three-star DB | 5-10 | 170 lbs
Elijah Alston | Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, Va. | two-star DL | 6-3 | 205 lbs
J'Coryan Anderson | Fulton High School, Knoxville, Tenn. | three-star LB | 6-2 | 205 lbs
Josh Ball | Butler Community College | four-star OL | 6-8 | 350 lbs
Tristen Bittner | Wheeling Park High School, Wheeling, W.Va. | three-star OL | 6-4 | 295 lbs
Rashawn Hunter | Mariner High School, Cape Coral, Fla. | three-star S | 6-3 | 170 lbs
Zack Leininger | Dodge City Community College | three-star TE | 6-4 | 235 lbs
Eli Neal | White Station High School, Memphis, Tenn. | two-star LB | 6-1 | 210 lbs
Sidney Porter | Cardinal Gibbons High School, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. | three-star LB | 5-11 | 195 lbs
Amir Richardson | University High School, Morgantown, W.Va. | three-star WR | 6-2 | 205 lbs
Jeremy Smith | Jenkins High School, Savannah, Ga. | three-star LB | 5-11 | 185 lbs
Broc Thompson | Fork Union Military Academy, Indianapolis | two-star LB | 5-11 | 185 lbs
Juwan Truesdale | Myers Park High School, Charlotte | two-star OL | 6-6 | 280 lbs
Maurice Underwood | Miami Central High School, Miami | three-star QB | 6-3 | 170 lbs
Grant Wells | George Washington High School, Charleston | three-star QB | 6-1 | 190 lbs
Cedrick Wilcox | Centennial High Schoo, Port St. Lucie, Fla. | two-star RB | 5-11 |185 lbs