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Logan’s David Early makes it official, signing with Marshall basketball

By Bill Cornwell

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Logan’s David Early made his winter verbal commitment official on Wednesday as he signed his letter of intent to play basketball at Marshall.

Early was surrounded by family members, all wearing Marshall gear, as he signed to become the second recruit in Thundering Herd coach Dan D’Antoni’s 2020 class.

The other signee also comes from Logan County — Chapmanville Regional center Obinna Anochili-Killen.

The 6-foot-4 Early began his 2019-2020 school year at Beckley Prep before deciding to return home to Logan. The decision paid off as Early led the Wildcats to a Class AA regional final, averaging a double-double with 27.8 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per contest. Early also became the all-time leading scorer in the storied history of the Logan program, finishing with more than 2,200 points.

Early was named to the Class AA All-State team and was a finalist for the Bill Evans Award, which goes to West Virginia’s top boys high school basketball player.

Nebraska receiver headed to Herd

The Marshall football team looks to be adding a speedy wide receiver as 247Sports reports that former Nebraska wide receiver Jaron Woodyard plans to play his final season with the Herd.

Woodyard announced his commitment to Marshall in a social media post Wednesday night.

247 reports that Woodyard had limited playing time with the Cornhuskers in his two seasons in Lincoln, Neb. after transferring from Arizona Western Community College, recording only four catches. He claimed the 2019 season as a redshirt after playing in only four games.

At Arizona Western, Woodyard had 522 receiving yards on 36 catches to go with 304 return yards in 2017.

Woodyard was also a sprinter on Nebraska’s track team, recording a best time of 10.47 seconds in the 100 meters and 6.88 in the indoor 60-meter run.

Ticket renewal deadline extended again

Marshall’s athletic ticket office announced Wednesday that the k2020 football season ticket renewal deadline has been extended until Friday, May 29. This comes as the second extension of the renewal deadline due to the developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We wanted to give our season ticket holders as much time as possible in order to secure their season tickets for the upcoming season, and because of the environment we’re currently in, we hope they’ll take advantage of our payment plan options,” said Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “We have to prepare as if there will be a 2020 football season and our season ticket holders are the most important part to secure.”

Marshall’s home football slate begins Saturday, Sept. 12 versus the ACC’s Pittsburgh Panthers.

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