Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 5, 2014

National Signing Day: Marshall football signings with bios


BLUEFIELD — Quintavious Knight

DB, 6-0, 175

Georgia Military College

Ellenwood, Ga.

Recruited by: Todd Hartley

Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals … Also had offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Delta State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Lincoln, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Texas Tech and West Virginia … Committed to Mississippi in June, but decommitted from the Rebels in November … Originally was a Class of 2012 prospect … Enrolled at Georgia Military College, where he played with current Marshall linebacker Neville Hewitt … Had 26 tackles, 11 pass breakups, three interceptions, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery for National Junior College Athletic Association runner-up Georgia Military College (11-1) in 2013 … Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds … Can bench press 225 pounds five times … Plans to major in communications.

Donaldven Manning (Transfer)

DB, 5-10, 181


Virginia Tech

Miami, Fla.

Is a transfer from Virginia Tech sitting out the 2013-14 school year, but will be eligible to play in the fall ... Will have three years of eligibility remaining … Had four tackles and one interception in eight games for Virginia Tech in 2012 … Originally was a Class of 2012 prospect from Miami Central High School … Two of his teammates were Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and wide receiver Tommy Shuler … In high school, also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Marshall, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin … Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals as a senior … Also ranked as the No. 11 cornerback prospect and No. 140 overall prospect in America and the No. 27 overall prospect in Florida … Majoring in human development with a concentration in human services.

Brandon Mitchell

OL, 6-4, 310

Pierce College (Calif.)

Los Angeles, Calif.

Recruited by: Alex Mirabal

Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals … Had recruiting contact with Henderson State and Middle Tennessee …  Originally was a Class of 2010 prospect at defensive tackle out of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. … Received recruiting interest from Arizona, New Mexico State, Oregon and Washington as a senior … Spent a fifth year at Taft before enrolling at Moorpark (Calif.) Community College in 2011 … Helped Pierce (9-2) average 404.9 total yards, 276.3 passing yards, 128.6 rushing yards and 31.1 points per game with his blocking in 2013 … Will have two years to play two seasons in college … Can bench press 225 pounds 25 times … Runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds … Plans to major in criminal justice or sports journalism.

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