Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 6, 2013

Marshall recruits 13 players from Florida

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s 2013 recruiting class taps heavily into coach Doc Holliday’s ties to the state of Florida.

Marshall announced Wednesday the signing of 29 players, including a dozen players already enrolled in school.

Considered one of the top recruits is Miami, Fla., prep defensive back Michael Johnson.

He’s among 13 Marshall recruits from the state of Florida.

Marshall landed three recruits from the Atlanta Sports Academy, including wide receiver Deontay McManus, who had signed a year ago at West Virginia.

McManus attended the same high school as former Mountaineer star Tavon Austin.

Marshall didn’t sign any players from West Virginia.

Marshall’s 2013 football signees announced Wednesday:

Kevin Anderson, qb, 6-2, 204, Boca Raton (Fla.) HS

Jeremiah Benjamin, lb, 6-2, 215, McArthur HS, Hollywood, Fla.

Arnold Blackmon, dl, 6-2, 245, Navarro (Texas) College

Josh Brown, dl, 6-5, 300, South Aiken HS, Aiken, S.C.

Brandon Byrd, rb, 6-0, 198, East Bay HS, Gibsonton, Fla.

Cody Collins, ol, 6-2, 280, Trotwood-Madison HS, Trotwood, Ohio

Tyler Combs, ol, 6-5, 275, Lawrence County HS, Louisa, Ky.

Neville Hewitt, lb, 6-2, 220, Georgia Military College

Stefan Houston, lb, 6-3, 200, Fork Union (Va.) Academy

Chris Huhn, ol, 6-6, 290, Pickerington (Ohio) North HS

Justin Hunt, wr, 6-2, 180, Whitehaven HS, Memphis, Tenn.

Sandley Jean-Felix, ol, 6-5, 292, Boyd Anderson HS, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Angelo Jean-Louis, wr, 6-0, 185 Fork Union (Va.) Academy

Michael Johnson, db, 5-10, 165, Booker T. Washington HS, Miami, Fla.

Josh Knight, wr, 6-1, 180, Fort Pierce (Fla.) HS

Tiquan Lang, db, 5-9, 174, Lowndes HS, Valdosta, Ga.

Taj Letman, db, 6-3, 195, Holmes (Miss.) CC

Deontay McManus, wr, 6-2, 220, Atlanta Sports Academy

Tony Pittman, rb, 5-11, 200, Phoebus HS, Hampton, Va.

Shykeem Pitts, db, 5-11, 175, Ridge HS, Davenport, Fla.

Aaron Plantt, lb, 6-1, 202, Hallandale (Fla.) HS

Michael Selby, ol, 6-3, 280, Washington County HS, Sandersville, Ga.

Gary Thompson, dl-lb, 6-3, 206, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.

Corey Tindal, db, 5-10, 175, Atlanta Sports Academy

Kent Turene, lb, 6-3, 230, Atlanta Sports Academy

De’Andre Wilson, db, 5-10, 170, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) HS

Gerald Wright, ol, 6-3, 320, Northwestern HS, Miami, Fla.