Marshall Football Announces 2012 Recruiting Class

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The "Doc's" New Football Class (File photo; Spencer)
The "Doc's" New Football Class (File photo; Spencer)

HUNTINGTON, WV - Marshall University Head Coach Doc Holliday has announced the Thundering Herd's 2012 recruiting class. The class features 30 student-athletes and includes 15 individuals that are already enrolled.


"Our coaching staff and support personnel deserve a lot of the credit for the work that they put in to make this happen," Holliday said. "This is another outstanding recruiting class and I look forward to welcoming these young men into the Marshall Football program.”


Marshall's recruiting class has being rated as one of the top two classes in Conference USA and features 12 players from the state of Florida. From a position perspective, Marshall’s tight ends are ranked 16th nationally, the defensive backs 30th, the linebackers 32nd and the offensive linemen 47th.


Below are biographical capsules on each Marshall newcomer:


Chris Alston-WR

5’11”, 185

Fairfield Central High School (South Carolina)

Winnsboro, South Carolina

Coached By: Reggie Kennedy

Recruited By: Gerad Parker


Senior Stats: 33 receptions, 1,154 all-purpose yards, 14 total touchdowns (27.5 yards per touchdown).


Accolades: Class 3A Offensive Back of the Year…Two-time all-region…Shrine Bowl selection.



Eric Ansley-OL

6’6”, 280

Riverdale, Georgia

Charles Drew High School (Georgia)

Coached By: Jarrett Laws

Recruited By: Fred Tate


Career Stats: Graded out over 88% in blocking efficiency with 50+ pancake blocks.


Accolades: Selected as Most Outstanding OL at Clayton County Senior Bowl, honorable mention all-state, honorable mention all-county.


Other Offers: Troy, Western Kentucky and Ohio.



Steward Butler-RB

5’10”, 170

Lakeland High School (Florida)

Lakeland, Florida

Coached By: William Castle

Recruited By: Todd Hartley & Mike Waugh


Senior Stats: 294 carries, 2,934 yards rushing, 30 touchdowns.


Accolades: Third on the all-time single-season rushing list in Florida state history…Broke numerous Lakeland High School rushing records previously held by Florida’s Chris Rainey.


Other Offers: Arizona State, West Virginia, Boston College, South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers and UCF.



Matt Cincotta-LS 6'0", 220 Charlotte Catholic High School (North Carolina)

Charlotte, North Carolina

Coached By: Jim Oddo

Recruited By: Gerad Parker


Career Stats: 213 Tackles, 6.5 Sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked punts, one interception.


Other Accolades:NC/SC Shrine Bowl All-Star participant…Two-time first-team all-conference.



Tyler Combs-OL

6'5", 275

Lawrence County High School (Kentucky)

Louisa, Kentucky

Coached By: Joey Cecil

Recruited By: Gerad Parker


Career Stats: Blocked for an offense averaging over 450 yards per game…Amassed 100+ pancake Blocks.


Accolades: Four-year starter, two-time all-state, three-time all-county.



Cameron Dees-OL

6'2", 280

Armwood High School (Florida)

Seffner, Florida

Coached By: Sean Callahan

Recruited By: Bill Legg


Career Stats: Graded out at 90% blocking efficiency as a three-year starter, while tallying 40+ pancakes as a senior.


Accolades: Led team as captain to perfect 15-0 record and #9 Ranking in Final USA Today Poll…First-team all-county, second-team all-state & two-time all-conference.


Other Offers: Florida International, New Mexico, Ohio, Western Michigan and Ball State.



Steve Dillon-DL

6’3”, 275

Palmdale High School (California)

Palmdale, California

Coached By: Jeff Williams

Recruited By: Mike Waugh


Stats: 74 Tackles, 9 Sacks, 20 TFLs, 3 FFs, 1 FR, 6 PBUs.


Accolades: First-team all-conference and all-region.


Other Offers: USC, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Iowa State, Utah, Colorado State and New Mexico.


Marcus Gilchrist-DL

6'4", 240

Port Charlotte High School (Florida)

Port Charlotte, Florida

Coached By: David Hoffer

Recruited By: Bill Legg


Senior Stats: 63 Tackles, 10 TFLs, 9 Sacks, 9 QB Pressures, 7 PBUs, 3 FFs & 2 FR.


Accolades: First-team all-conference and all-county.


Other Offers: Kentucky, Purdue, Florida International, Middle Tennessee, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.



Stefone Grace-SAF

6’3”, 200

Milford Academy (Connecticut) via North College Hill High School (Ohio)

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coached By: Bill Chaplick & Bruce Baarendse

Recruited By: Mike Waugh


Senior Stats: 51 tackles, 20 TFL, 1 INT, 7 PBUs, 3 FFs, 1 FR, 1 DEF TD, 1 KR TD.


Accolades: First-team all-city, all-state honorable mention, East vs. West Ohio All-Star Game participant.


Other Offers: Toledo, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Ball State, Eastern Michigan.



Kevin Grooms-RB

5’10”, 165

South Broward High School (Florida)

Hollywood, Florida

Coached By: Allen Held

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider & Mike Waugh


Career Stats: 2,909 yards rushing, 36 rushing TDs, 6 PR TDs, 316 receiving yards, 4 TDs receiving.


Accolades: Two-time All-State…ESPN 150 Recruit…Ranked as a Top RB in the nation.


Other Offers: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Louisville and Rutgers



Chris Hall-TE

6'4", 230

Fork Union Military Academy (Virginia)

Fork Union, Virginia

Coached By: Billy Mills

Recruited By: Mike Waugh


Career Stats: 4,849 yards passing, 2,023 Yards rushing & 75 total TDs.


Accolades: Two-time all-district, second-team All-State, District Player of the Year.


Other Offers: Virginia Tech & Virginia.



Deyonte Henderson-LB

6’0”, 215

Oak Ridge High School (Florida)

Orlando, Florida

Coached By: Eli Williams

Recruited By: Todd Hartley


Career Stats: 397 tackles, 29 sacks, 7 INTs


Accolades: Second-team all-state & four-time Central Florida Defensive Player of the Week


Other Offers: Washington State, Temple, New Mexico, Florida Atlantic



Gunnar Holcombe-QB

6'2", 185

University School (Florida)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Coached By: Roger Harriott

Recruited By: JaJuan Seider


Senior Stats: 66% completion rate, 2,305 yards passing, 29 TDs, 126.5 QB Rating.


Accolades: First-team all-area, second-team all-state, Nike Dade vs Miami All-Star Game.


Other Offers: South Florida, Indiana, Western Michigan and Buffalo.



Devon Johnson-LB

6'2", 209

Richlands High School (Virginia)

Richlands, Virginia

Coached By: Greg Mance

Recruited By: Gerad Parker


Career Stats: 216 tackles, 47 TFLs, 16 sacks, 10 FFs, 1 INT, 457 carries, 4,340 yards rushing, 63 rushing TDs, 23 receptions, 399 yards receiving, 6 receiving TDs.


Accolades: Three-time first-team all-district and all-region, two-time first-team all-state, two-time BDT/Pocahontas Coal Association Player of the Year, MVP of Virginia/Tennessee All-Star Game.


Other Offers: Virginia, Kentucky & Louisville.






AJ Leggett-CB


6'0", 175


South Miami High School (Florida)


Miami, Florida


Coached By: Lamont Green


Recruited By: JaJuan Seider




Senior Stats: 68 tackles, 4 INTs, 1,600 all-purpose yards and 15 total TDs.




Accolades: Rated #9 CB in the country, Super 75 selection in state of Florida, first-team all-county, Nike South Florida All-Star Game participant, Nike Miami-Dade vs. South Florida All-Star Game participant.




Other Offers: Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee and UCF.






Joe Massaquoi-DL


6’5”, 230


T.C. Williams High School (Virginia)


Alexandria, Virginia


Coached By: Dennis Randolph


Recruited By: Gerad Parker & Mike Waugh




Stats: 20 tackles and four sacks in four games as a senior due to minor knee injury.




Accolades: Regional Rumble All-Star Game participant.






Josh Murriel-OL


6'5", 302


Port St. Lucie High School (Florida)


Port St. Lucie, Florida


Coached By: Hilary Poole


Recruited By: JaJuan Seider




Senior Stats: Led an offensive line that blocked for a unit averaging 376 passing yards and 258 rushing yards per game.




Accolades: First-team all-area and first-team all-county.




Other Offers: Florida Atlantic, Memphis and New Mexico State.






Gage Niemeyer-OL


6'6", 305


Mount San Jacinto C.C. (California)


San Jacinto, California


Coached By: Casey Mazzotta


Recruited By: Fred Tate & Gerad Parker




Junior College Stats: 92% grade in blocking efficiency and no sacks allowed.




Accolades: CCCAA All-Conference and Team MVP.




Other Offers: Nevada and New Mexico State.






DeAndre Reaves-WR


5’10”, 180


Dominion High School (Virginia)


Sterling, Virginia


Coached By: Kyle Buckwalter


Recruited By: Gerad Parker & Mike Waugh




Senior Stats: 1,780 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns.




Accolades: Second-team All-Metro.




Other Offers: West Virginia and Maryland.






Rakim Reed-TE


6'4", 210


Fork Union Military Academy (Virginia) via Canton Timken High School (Ohio)


Canton, Ohio


Coached By: John Shuman & Kevin Henderson


Recruited By: Gerad Parker




Senior Stats: 42 catches, 657 yards receiving, 8 TDs receiving, 1 rush TD.




Accolades: First-team all-conference and honorable mention all-county.




Other Offers: Pittsburgh and Buffalo.






Ryan Riedel-LB


6'0", 230


Cabell Midland High School (West Virginia)


Huntington, West Virginia


Coached By: Luke Salmons


Recruited By: Bill Legg




Career Stats: 305 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 15 sacks.


Accolades: Led the state of West Virginia in tackles as a senior…First-team all-state and all-conference.






Billy Rone-OL


6'4", 290


Glendale C.C. (Arizona)


Glendale, Arizona


Coached By: John Rome


Recruited By: Gerad Parker




Junior College Stats: Blocked for a unit that amassed 5,000+ total yards and ranked 15th nationally in the NJCAA.




Accolades: First-team All-Conference.




Other Offers: Mississippi State, Purdue, Indiana, East Carolina, SMU, Utah State, Western Kentucky and Akron.






Shawn Samuels-SAF


6’1”, 180


Bainbridge High School (Georgia)


Bainbridge, Georgia


Coached By: Ed Pilcher


Recruited By: Mike Waugh




Stats: 54 tackles, 7 INTs, 12 PBUs, 2 PR TDs & 3 KR TDs.




Accolades: First-team all-state and all-conference.




Other Offers: Arkansas, UCF & UAB.






Andre Scott-SAF


5'11", 175


Oak Ridge High School (Florida)


Orlando, Florida


Coached By: Eli Williams


Recruited By: Todd Hartley




Career Stats: 93 tackles, 7 INTs, 7 sacks, 2,972 yards passing, 1,600 yards rushing, 851 yards receiving, 28 Total TDs.




Accolades: Central Florida Athlete of the Year, second-team all-state, seven-Time Central Florida Player of the Week




Other Offers: Arkansas, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse, Washington State, Florida International, UCF, Memphis, Temple and Ball State.






Ken Smith-DL


6'4", 285


Blinn C.C. (Texas)


Copperas Cove, Texas


Coached By: Ronnie Feldman


Recruited By: Fred Tate




Junior College Stats: 32 Tackles, 11 Sacks, 12 TFLs




Accolades: SWJCFC All-Conference




Other Offers: Colorado State, Ohio & Buffalo






Gary Thompson-LB


6'3", 206


Helix High School (California)


La Mesa, California


Coached By: Troy Starr


Recruited By: JaJuan Seider & Gerad Parker




Senior Stats: 55 Tackles, 18 TFLs, 14 Sacks, 23 QB Hurries & 3 FFs




Accolades: All-City, All-Conference, All-County, Prepstar California Classic All-Star Game Participant






Corey Tindal-DB


5'10", 175


Atlanta Sports Academy (Georgia) via Boyd Anderson High School (Florida)


Lauderdale Lakes, Florida


Coached By: Damon Dawson & Mark James


Recruited By: JaJuan Seider




Senior Stats: 20 Tackles, 2 INTs, 187 Carries for 1,300 Yards and 15 Total TDs.




Accolades: 1st Team All-County, UnderArmour Dade vs Broward All-Star Game Participant




Other Offers: Maryland, Minnesota, Florida International, Western Kentucky, Toledo & Bowling Green






Kent Turene-LB


6’3”, 230


Atlanta Sports Academy (Georgia) via Boyd Anderson High School (Florida)


Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Coached By:Damon Dawson & Mark James


Recruited By: JaJuan Seider




Career Stats: 230 Tackles, 20 sacks, 4 INTs, 8 FFs


Accolades: PrepStar All-American, 1st Team All-State




Other Offers: Amassed over 50 offers including Georgia, LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio State, West Virginia and Tennessee.






Clint Van Horn-OL


6’5”, 305


Woodrow Wilson High School


Beckley, West Virginia


Coached By: John Lilly


Recruited By: Bill Legg




Senior Stats: 87% Blocking Efficiency and 32 Pancakes




Accolades: 1st Team All-State






Deontae West-CB


5’10”, 170 Hialeah High School (Florida)


Hollywood, Florida


Coached By: Mark Berman


Recruited By: JaJuan Seider




Career Stats: 91 tackles and 11 interceptions.




Accolades: Miami-Dale all-county, Miami-Dade North/South All-Star Game.




Other Offers: Texas Tech, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Toledo and Western Michigan.

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