MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
Top prospects: The ESPN Recruiting folks love four-star linebacker Armonze Daniel, writing he is a steal for the Thundering Herd. Of Daniel, they write: “He can stack the run with striking downhill strength as well as match up in space with great athleticism.” Also included in the class are two players who signed with AQ schools last season -- running back Travon Van (Florida) and quarterback/athlete Conelius Jones (Michigan).
Needs met: The Thundering Herd needed help at linebacker and quarterback and seemed to have gotten it. Daniel and Deon Meadows are the stars at linebacker, while Marshall also got Blake Frohnapel and Rakeem Cato at quarterback. Depth on the defensive line also was answered with Jarquez Samuel and Robert Mincey. Marshall loaded up on skill position players as well, something that should definitely help the Thundering Herd, who struggled without a big-time playmaker last season.
Analysis: Coach Doc Holliday has a great reputation as a top recruiter, and he most certainly showed why with this class. Plenty of talent here, and plenty of players coming in from Florida, where he spent several years as an assistant under coach Urban Meyer. Now he has to coach these players up and get Marshall to the top of the East.