HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Doc Holliday insists he wouldn’t trade Marshall’s 2014 recruiting class for any other. Why would he?

Rivals and Scout both rank Marshall with the top recruiting class in Conference USA as Marshall signed 28 prospects on Wednesday.  Rivals rated Marshall’s signing class at No. 62 in the country, Scout ranked it 63rd.

“Our coaching staff did a tremendous job,” congratulated Holliday.  “Todd Hartley has done a tremendous job as recruiting coordinator.  There’s no doubt we met our needs and I’m excited about where it is.”

Holliday wanted to add depth along the offensive line.  What started as a deep unit in 2013, ended the season fairly thin as injuries started to pile up.  Signing a junior college player who could come in and play immediately was a priority.  Marshall met that need by signing 6-foot-4, 310-pound Brandon Mitchell.  Marshall also signed A.J. Addison from Fork Union Military Academy, who is already on campus. The biggest steal along the offensive line was Nathaniel Devers from Massillon, Ohio.  Devers had committed to play at the University of Cincinnati but signed with The Herd.

“He’s a tremendous football player, loves football and comes from a tremendous program,” said Holliday.

The Herd also took steps to bolster the defensive secondary. Four-star safety Kendall Gant, who had committed to Georgia, signed with Marshall.  The Herd also picked up Antavious Rowe, Quintavious Knight and LaDerrick Hammond in the secondary.

“Gant’s got a shot at being here,” said Holliday. “We’ve got a lot of talented guys that can come in and run and play well in space.”

Holliday, who likes to sign at least one quarterback in each class, was also pleased The Herd was able to land top target Cole Garvin and get him on campus early. Garvin graduated in high school in December and will participate in spring practice.

Several players could make an immediate impact.  2013 Freshmen such as Corey Tindal, Tiquan Lang and others played significant roles in route to a 10-win season.

“Anyone who can come in here and play and help us win will play,” said Holliday. “I’m not concerned about whether they’re a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, whatever they are, I’m more concerned about if they can make plays and help us win football games.”

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  • wow

    Nice to see a Wv school give some in state kids a chance. Good luck Doc.

  • The bookman

    Nice job Marshall. Not for being #1 in C-USA but for being in the mid 60's nationally. Putting together dominant programs will get you out of C-USA and into bigger and better things. Always loved Doc! No surprise he is cleaning clocks in a sub par universe. This WVU alum hopes the best for The Herd.

  • John weaver

    Sorry, this is like announcing your child was the top C student in their class, your business made the fortune 10,000 list at 9,999, or your grandmother was the winner in a best French kisser contest. All of these accolades sound hollow or very disturbing.

    • Grant

      Again one of the top non- major conference classes. That is nothing to sneeze at.

  • wvfreys

    Getting the top recruiting class in Conference USA means you have the top recruiting class in the 10 ranked conference in country out of the 11 total conferences in America!
    Wow ! Is that great or what? Doc you are doing a great job of taking a low level program and keeping it's hopes alive by setting low expectations and then celebrating them. Top off this 65th ranked recruiting class with a cupcake schedule and you have the thing marshall fan dream about!

    • Interesting123

      Compare this class to all of the non-contract leagues and it still ranks near the top. For example, according to 24/7 Sports this class would rank 3rd in the AAC.

  • cutty77

    Not sure if Marshall fans know this. This is the 4th Time Doc has had The Number 1 Class in Conference USA. By The way this Doc's 4th year at Marshall. Support This Guy,and His Team.

    • ThomasWV

      Yes "Marshall fans" know this. Docs first class in 2010 was 2nd to Southern Miss, but he only had a couple months to put it together. The next 4 were #1 for the conference. Holliday was hired 12/17/09, this will be his 5th season (2014).

      • Jason

        and the program has been on a steady incline each year. Next season could be a special season. The schedule is favorable next year, but the players can't control that, if they just win, everything else will take care of itself.

  • GSR

    One walkon Austin Hill of Nicholas County is to sign with Marshall today. His signing yesterday was postoned due to the absence of his coach. He wanted his coach to be apart of it and waited for his return today to sign.

  • ThomasWV

    The Beckley signee was Chase Hancock

  • ThomasWV

    Isaiah Brown from South Charleston.

    • Harry Keaton

      Isaiah Brown.... Actually, Summers County High School

      • ThomasWV

        SCHS twitter account has a pic of a kid they call Isaiah Brown and stated he signed with MU.

  • ThomasWV

    Chase Hancock from Woodrow Wilson.

  • ThomasWV

    We got walk ons from South Chatleston and Beckley. I can't recall their names. I'll see if I can find them.

  • Cincinnatus

    Congratulations, Coach.

  • 1prouddog

    Any WV high school recruits? Why not the Kennedy Award winner?

    • jpesbe8793

      He signed with Fairmont St., if it was Chazzy Thomas

      • ron 51

        wow you can go 13-0 and never go no father than conf.usa cause you play in a week xxx with week xxx teams

        • Greg

          Good job, Herd coaches. C-USA may not be the SEC, but it's not "week." Weak would be getting pummeled by a Maryland team 37-0 that was later beaten by a C-USA team in the Military Bowl.

        • pc

          Right Nimrod. Go "no father"? Yes, the team does play about every "week" during the season. Obviously, you are a summa cum laude grad from the Monongalia flags#@t institution!!

          • antonio dubose ( coach ) COLLIER PARK ATL GA

            antavious rowe is a beast running back , receiver, corner , safety, punt and kick returner straight out of the atl thank you marshall university you are changing lives . And he has a heart of a lion he will put it all on the line

          • Cigarman

            PC it may be safe to say not a grad of anywhere!